Half Moon Run - Sun Leads Me On
It's a risky thing for a band to follow on a successful debut three and a half years later. With touring cycles getting longer any momentum built outside of that fan base can be lost. Canadian foursome Half Moon Run will hope that's not the case. 2012’s Dark Eyes and ubiquitous lead single ‘Full Circle’ led with a folky-rock sound that delved into the darker realms, at least sonically.
Sun Leads Me On on the other hand is a joyous set of tracks; from the Beatles-y flute driven hazy pop of opener ‘Warmest Regards’, through the uplifting ‘I Can’t Figure Out What’s Going On’ and drum driven, guitar riffing indie of ‘Consider Yourself’ this sounds like a band searching. They magpie bits of Django Django, The Maccabees, Foals, in fact any top tier indie band seems to have had an influence. Thanks to Devon Portielje though this is unmistakably Half Moon Run. There’s an intensity and passion in his performances that often lift the band to a higher place; hear that influence on ‘Turn Your Love’.
While the fact that even on first listen tracks like ‘Natural Margins’ sound familiar may confuse, there’s no doubting that the Canadian foursome traverse a fascinating and varied trail through their second album. It gives great hope for something truly special next time out.