Title - 'Champagne And Brass'
Artist - Moon Over Mountain
For those not in the know, Moon Over Mountain is Kenneth Lee Roberts and Megan Buness, and this quite wonderful duo ensemble was formed in 2012 -- where they began to work out a fresh new sound; unlike any other in the world today.
Profoundly moving, at times painfully beautiful, the music of Moon Over Mountain cannot easily be forgotten once heard.
With its mix of New Age Pop and electronic instrumental music, their debut album The Colors Of Life (2019) impressed music fans, young and old, from all around the world.
Now, here in 2020, group founders Roberts and Buness return with their sophomore album, Champagne And Brass (released March 6th, 2020).
With this second album, the duo continue onward with their subtle and sublime approach to both vocal and instrumental music.
The 12-track album offers yet another memorable blend of instrumental and keyboard-based electronica, along with some experimental, yet accessible songs with vocals.
Some come with lyrics and some with synthesized, wordless vocals that serve to entertain and even startle the listener, all in a good way, of course.
1. 'Champagne & Brass' (3:20)
2. 'First Snowfall' (4:30)
3. 'Alone in the City' (4:05)
4. 'Have Our Dreams Come to This?' (5:49)
5. 'Close to My Heart' (2:06)
6. 'The Man Who Spoke 10,000 Truths' (5:14)
7. 'Evening Falls' (4:02)
8. 'Kyoto 21' (1:21)
9. 'Colorado Dreaming' (6:23)
10. 'Passing Sacred Ground' (2:50)
11. 'Welcome to Life' (3:26)
12. 'A O C' (3:43)
Opening with the euphoric title tack, 'Champagne & Brass,' they back that with the more tranquil, Far East-inspired 'First Snow,' the gently drum-led 'Alone in the City,' and then my own personal favorite here, the magnificently vibrant, alluring and ambient 'Have Our Dreams Come to This?.'
Next up is the short, Choir-inspired, and multi-tracked 'Close to My Heart,' which is followed by the slightly sterner, yet nonetheless serene, wordless electronic vocals of 'The Man Who Spoke 10,000 Truths,' and then the beautifully vocalized 'Evening Falls.'
At just over a minute, we next get the experimental vibe of 'Kyoto 21' which is backed by the longest track on the album, at just over six minutes, the foot-tappin' 'Colorado Dreaming,' a profoundly earnest 'Passing Sacred Ground,' with the album coming to a close on the mid-tempo orchestrations of 'Welcome to Life,' ending with an upbeat electronic party in the form of ' A O C' (which is dedicated to Congresswoman Cortez from NYC).
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