Night Moves present their second full-length album, Pennied Days. Synth-driven modern rock music, with wistful echo on the vocals and some 80’s-grade epic guitar. Texturally, Pennied Days puts me in mind of Phoenix, though the underlying songs have a clear original rock / R&B influence. On Domino.
1/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 April 2016
Answering the question no-one asked about why there aren’t more bands influenced by Empire of the Sun's second album, Night Moves are also trying to catch on to the vapour trail of War on Drugs unfathomable success. Their music is massive sun-drenched American FM pop but their songs are truly awful. Opener ‘Carl Sagan’ is appalling. The music has a nice sound if you dig the Alan Parsons Project but the vocals are pure Foreigner/REO Speedwagon. Pleading, keening soft rock vox that I’m actually finding hard to listen to.
‘Denise, Don’t Wanna See You Cry’ has a similar effect on me, the soft rocking part of my brain is enjoying the LA freeway synths and soft top down exec-production but the vocals and melodies are Corey Hart standard. I can’t find anything in this album to enjoy. Although War On Drugs generally left me cold, they at least had a way of recreating those West Coast vibes bringing a modern day post ambient dreamscape to it. This however is just disgusting. It reminds me of the worst bits of ’80’s rock, ‘Kind Luck’ is probably the nadir of recorded music history, a horrid, turgid ballad - one part Rod Stewart in the ’80’s, one part the worst John Cougar Mellencamp ballad.
If you want to hear ‘80s soft rock done nicely try American Wrestlers or heck don’t mind me listen to War on Drugs if you have to, please not this. Please.
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