So there I am, excavating my usual blogs and music haunts, looking for new tunes to love, when I come across a simple synth intro which--in my effort to branch out from synth-based artists this year—I would have usually passed on until the harmonious vocals that followed brought in a melody so delicate and uplifting that I was hooked. The band in question here is LA-based trio Mothlight, and the song, "Annie" is the band's first release since 2014. It made me want to stop everything I was doing, find the closest patch of grass to lay on and gaze into the sky as I soaked in what this tune had to offer.
According to their Facebook page, the group's 2 year hiatus produced lots of new music and one new band member to complete the trio. Having listened back to previous releases from Mothlight, it's clear that they've found the right energy for their music; and at the right time. I imagine "Annie" offer lots of opportunities for this group this year. I'm excited at the potential I see in this group. Definitely worthy of keeping an eye on in 2016.
My only constructive comment to the group--which should definitely be taken with a grain of salt—is not to limit themselves to the extraneous "dream pop" genre. I feel that term was really overused in 2015, and their music should not to be lost in that mix. I have a feeling that, whatever music Mothlight are about to unleash on the world, is going to have more depth, more gusto. Especially with the addition of a full-time drummer. This is avant-pop! Music for daydreamers and adventurers. Escapees of the doldrums of life! Their music moves more than a dream. It's serpentine. Serpentine-pop! I'm trademarking that, right now. Serpentine-Pop™. Enjoy, and most importantly support Mothlight by checking one of their upcoming LA shows. .
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