reviewed by Anna Alger
Fuzzy, catchy pop is bursting out of Vancouver, thanks to Supermoon. Their happy, immediate melodies shine on their debut full length, entitled Comet Lovejoy. Not afraid to play with dissonance as well, the band’s music reflects influences such as Alvvays and Sleater-Kinney. This can be heard in “Cowardly,” the deliberately out-of-tune guitar giving the song an off kilter feeling. The vocals on Comet Lovejoy are in the laid back style of Molly Rankin, yet the rhythmic drive of the music reflects that of Sleater-Kinney.
One of the unique aspects of Supermoon’s sound is the curiosity to the band’s music, featured in guitar noodling on the propulsive “Burnout of My Dreams,” and the sunny riff featured on “Grounded.” These lines of music ask questions in their brightly toned, expectant delivery.
The music on Comet Lovejoy can make one assume that the lyrics are as simple as the instrumentation, but Supermoon cleverly juxtapose darker themes with their bright sound. This is evident in the song, “Tragedy.” “I wonder how you never cry, and why you keep it all inside […] Tragedy is all I see.” “Powersuits” continues in this vein. The song has a distinctly warm, ’90s indie rock sound, which clashes wonderfully with the story it tells: one of being walked out on.
Supermoon make smart pop songs, and package them in a brief, feel-good record with Comet Lovejoy. Their originality lies in the juxtaposition of more serious lyrics with music that get listeners on their feet, embracing the best aspects of the indie rock and pop genres.
Top Track: “Powersuits”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)