Moonfield — ‘Televox,’ 4/5
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By the end of the 1970s, rock music had splintered into the new wave era. As bands reassembled from the debris, new forms emerged into strains of alternative and progressive rock. 40-odd years later, up-and-coming local Winnipeg band Moonfield can be found in the asteroid field of this musical equivalency of space dust.

With the self-proclaimed sound of Radiohead and the Cure, the space debris of electronic and progressive music past found in Moonfield’s new EP Televox ranges throughout the alt-rock spectrum.

Dropping Oct. 16 during the band’s concert at the Royal Albert Arms, the four tracks play like a solid full album in the making.

Opening track “Don’t Go” is the perfect launching point for the EP. With a solidly paced tempo, lead vocalist Hayden Major’s singing style evokes the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas.

The components of the song itself give shades of New Order, particularly with the theme of “Don’t Go” emphasized in the chorus — “will you take me away to a place I know I belong” — and the bassline reminiscent of New Order’s “Singularity.”

Second track “Bad Days” gives off immediate Wallflowers vibes. A slow burn, the song bursts in a melodic chorus akin to Keane’s “Perfect Symmetry.”

The timbre is distinct — the space-age-like instrumentals lend the feeling of floating into an asteroid field and out of our solar system.

“1919,” the third song of the EP, is redolent of the Alan Parsons Project through its experimental sound — the drums, then voices set the listener up for the story of the song.

Though the guitar riffs are energetic, the dissonance featured throughout the song does its job best in the conclusion as it paints a picture of physical conflict through sound, bringing about the theme of the song’s namesake.

Finally, apart from glimmers of Nirvana in closing track “Lay My Crown,” this is where Moonfield hits its mark. The mid-song instrumental and the elongated conclusion give a glimpse into Moonfield’s own sound — an instrumental conversation marks the band’s unique electronic space-rock vision.

The EP’s only real flaw is the heavy influence of great bands past. However, the talent showcased in the EP is bursting to find a larger audience.

By the end of Televox, Moonfield reveals itself as a band to watch as they grow toward nurturing and harnessing their own unique sound in the asteroid field of rock music.

 

Moonfield’s EP, Televox, will be available Oct. 16. Want us to review your album? Email us at arts@themanitoban.com today!