Single Review: Many Moons' 'Promises'
Past finalists of The Pouges Irish Whiskey’s ‘Shot of Discovery’ competition, Newcastle’s folk outfit Many Moons have been gaining a strong reputation on the live folk/light rock scene for a number of months.
This notoriety is due, in the most part, by their ability to produce lively pop numbers, crackling energy, and unforgettable choruses.
However it should always be worth noting that a dynamic live sound cannot always be translated onto a record...
With this in mind the first thing to say about ‘Promises’ is the relief I felt that the Moons, and their producer John Martindale, have done some great studio work and have captured this vigour excellently.
Not only is ‘Promises’ Many Moons' debut single, it’s also a cracking tune that sparkles with energy.
Focused squarely on the radio-friendly side of folk, the heart of the track is an optimistic, bright, pop sound narrating themes of unbound love and youthful optimism.
Centred around warm, emotive, vocals from writer/ vocalist Patrick Kelly, 'Promises' uses
The effect of this is to create a light Ryan Adams Gold-era sound, and superb doubled up backing vocals from Mark Johnson, create a sound reminiscent of its core themes; “and we are fools and yet we dream” as the track repeats towards the end.
Optimistic, confident and full of life, ‘Promises’ is a fine debut from a band with plenty of promise. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that optimism is infectious.
Photography by Jay Dawson Photography