The first track on Lo Moon’s self-titled album is ever so gentle in its clarion call. Starting softly with light beats, ’80s synths and the controlled vocals of lead singer Matt Lowell, it eventually erupts in a stadium-ready chorus cry of “This is it! This is it now!” For Lowell and his two main bandmates Crisanta Baker (guitar, bass, keys) and Sam Stewart (guitar), Lo Moon is it: the moment they’ve each individually been working towards their entire musical lives.
Kraus is the solo project of American experimental musician Will Kraus. He self-released his debut record End Tomorrow in early 2016. Shortly after, it caught the attention of Terrible Records, who re-released it the following September. His rough yet sentimental music typically combines heavily manipulated melodic samples with live instrumentation and vocals. He is releasing his next album Path with Terrible in March. The home recorded album retains the dissonant textures of End Tomorrow, but the melding of such textures with lush guitar chords and more direct vocals produces a heavier emphasis on memorable songwriting. A disparate array of musical influences, ambient drone and 90’s alternative rock among them, produced the album’s borderless sonics, which loom over the primary lyrical themes of dissociation and confusion.