L.A-based trio Moonchild’s acclaimed 2015 album Please Rewind will be released for the very first time on black and limited edition turquoise vinyl and is now available to pre-order. The news of its release lands alongside a second major live stint supporting The Internet (Odd Future’s Syd tha Kyd & Matt Martians) and follows a busy year for the new-school soul/jazz pioneers which saw them crowned as Jazz FM’s Soul Act Of The Year.
Moonchild are multi-instrumentalists Amber Navran, Max Bryk and Andris Mattson. Over the past two years, they have toured extensively across the US, headlined two European tours and one in Asia. Last year, they released their third album Voyager to radio praise from BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music and support from The Fader, NPR and Boiler Room.
With their early offerings gaining approval from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Laura Mvula, Jazzy Jeff, Tyler, The Creator and Gilles Peterson, Moonchild’s sophomore album Please Rewind explores soul, jazz and electronic ground that will excite everyone from post-bop jazz lovers to contemporary neo-soul crowds.
First released on Tru Thoughts on November 6 (US) / November 20 (ROW) 2015, Please Rewind ties together ten chilled out grooves which ooze soul-jazz rhythms, horns and sweltering, heart-filled vocals. Using soulful horn solos and vibrant keys riffs and breaks, Moonchild demonstrate their penchant for creating exquisite arrangements and textured, catchy riffs with remarkable skill.
“The album,” Amber says, “is inspired by nature and being in love”; opening track “All The Joy” is a breezy, innocent, neo-soul love song which sets a precedent for the record. Lead single “The Truth” moves into downtempo Dilla territories with a hip hop-infused rhythm, soaring trumpet solos and arresting cosmic harmonics. In it, Amber sings about finding inner strength, and she affirms that “It’s about being stressed out about life but having people who love you to get you through.”
The group’s attention to strings, orchestral sounds and dense harmonies comes into play in “Nobody”. Full of emotion created through the gradual build-up of Navran’s voice, the addition of strings, celeste, and French horn bring a richness to the track. “We loved the idea of making a lush orchestral track which you could escape within. We were listening to a lot of Laura Mvula at the time, then we added a string quartet, and a French horn - which is played by my sister,” says Amber. “More Than Ever” personifies feelings of love; guided along by seasonal transitions, it’s a string-filled ballad to open up to, while “Winter Breeze” evokes a similar effect as Amber beguilingly sings “I saw Autumn pass and Winter come upon his heart.”
“I’ll Make It Easy” sounds like how lemonade tastes served on a summers day; its funky lilt is topped off by an attention-grabbing sax lick designed to be savoured. “Moonlight” is the perfect orchestral outro, transporting you to an electronic field – filled with the sound of cosmic whistling, echoes and chirping cicadas – it’s the last track on the album, but you needn’t fret, you can always just hit rewind.