Sexbeat Records (White Lung, Eagulls, GAPS) have taken on the electronic sounds of Moon Gangs, the musical alias of London-based Will Young. Moon Gangs’ debut EP is set for release on May 5 and the first two tracks from the upcoming record I and II are available to stream online now.
As always, when becoming acquainted with a new artist, there is an air of mystery to be expected and Moon Gangs is of no exception. I opens with slow eerie drones, followed by subtle drum-beats and triumphant arcs of sound. As soon as you think you’re safe, the tempo switches completely, leaving you perplexed, intrigued and eager to hear more. II starts off slow with dark cinematic tones and finishes with futuristic sounds giving the listener a real glimpse of what to expect from the forthcoming record.
Moon Gangs’ EP was inspired by the likes of John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream soundtracks, plus synth driven Krautrock like Ashra Tempel and Popol Vuh. Contextually it stands somewhere in between modern day electronic outsiders such as The Haxan Cloak and Blanck Mass. With a DIY thesis behind it, Young reigned in the help of his friends to help make the final product. The record was mixed by Matt J ofHookworms/Suburban Studios and Linda Jarvis of Echo Lake designed the artwork for the sleeve and record. All three of the tracks were mastered by East London producer and engineer Rory Attwell whose worthy credits include work for Palma Violets, Big Deal & Veronica Falls among many others.
The forthcoming record is made up of three tracks, I, II and III that were recorded over a three month period in late 2013. They were edited down from ten hours of improvised synth recordings, which were made entirely using looped Eurorack modular synths, into three intense movements, each just shy of ten minutes long.
Moon Gangs puts on a fascinating live show. With a variety of different set ups, Young sometimes performs solo and sometimes performs with one, two or three drummers. All the shows are performed fully improvised with no computers, samples or backing tracks.
In a world, where technology is advancing at a pace faster than most can keep up with, it seems logical that we begin to make music that questions, excites and makes the listener think and it seems Moon Gangs has achieved just that with his debut EP.
Moon Gangs self-titled EP is out on May 5 as a digital download and a limited edition one sided 12″ vinyl. The record sleeve and the blank side of the vinyl have been screen printed onto, for this limited edition release.