Toronto’s Moon King will be issuing their debut European release on September 16 via Tough Love (Girls Names, Weird Dreams, CYMBALS). Entitled Obsession, the record compiles all of the band’s output to date as well as one previously unreleased track and will be available on LP, CD and digital download.
Comprised of Toronto native Daniel Benjamin and collaborator/co-conspirator, Maddy Wilde, the duo have been making music together for most of their lives. As Moon King, the two singers weave dreamlike harmonies over buzz-saw guitars and electronic percussion, their live performances capturing a raw-nerve intensity that verges on ecstatic.
While they have ties to a handful of other Canadian projects – Majical Cloudz, Grimes, Austra – they more obviously share a sonic affinity with the alien androgyny of Cocteau Twins, mbv and The Breeders. Many of Daniel’s songs appeal to our darker subconscious desires, revelling in the embrace of fear and ego as a means of escape. Daniel also frequently performs with his brother Airick and his group, Doldrums.
Only Child is the first track taken from Obsession and can be heard here.
Obsession is released on 16 September on Tough Love Records.
Moon King tour Europe in September with Born Ruffians which happens to coincide with the release of Obsession. You can catch them live on the following dates:
Sept 18 – The Soup Kitchen, Manchester, w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 19 – Concrete, London w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 20 – Green Store Room, Brighton w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 21 – Incubate Festival, Tilburg
Sept 23 – Video, Ghent
Sept 24 – Birthdays, London
Sept 26 – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
Sept 27 – Gebaude 9, Cologne, w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 28 – Berlin Independent Night, Berlin
Sept 30 – Witoof Bar, Brussels, w/ Born Ruffians
Oct 1 – La Grande Mix, Tourcoing, w/ Born Ruffians
Oct 2 – Trabendo, Paris w/ Born Ruffians
Nov 2 – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik