This year has seen many comebacks – Florence & The Machine, Foals and of course, Half Moon Run. Since releasing the much praised Dark Eyes album in 2012, they’re finally resurfacing with a new album. And it’s safe to say the wait was worth it. With their return comes Trust, an echo of soft synths that paint the new sound in all it’s glory. Now, months since their revival, we have Sun Leads Me On – an album that will weave through each headphone, leaving you in a Half Moon Run trance.
Sun Leads Me On has everything we hoped for. Opening with Warmest Regards, a mellow and peaceful tale of guitar twangs, strings and ethereal harmonies – even the lyrics welcome us to this “new beginning”. On tracks like Consider Yourself and Turn Your Love where sudden outbursts of spectral sounds are featured, we’re thrown into glitches of rock ‘n’ roll. Fluctuating through levels of light and darkness, Throes lies in between, completely stripped down to just a piano, it’s fifty-five seconds of relaxation.
It may be another chapter for Half Moon Run, but there’s definitely hints of their past within the thirteen tracks. It Works Itself Out particularly highlights Give Up from the Dark Eyes album, with it’s perfect balance of heavy drums against the rustic guitar.
Following the success of their previous work, Sun Leads Me On has the power to do so much more. Driving a collection of new sounds, experiments and captivating melodies – Half Moon Run have come back with a bang.