Title: Keep The Moon Weird
Artist: S. A. Bach
Release Date: 2015 May 8
Genre: Indie Pop / Rock
License: CC BY
Label: Self-Release / BandCamp

Introduction

S. A. Bach is probably better known in CC music circles for his band: Oh Yeah, The Future.  But on Keep the Moon Weird he showcases the qualities that make writing stand out from other would be indie pop / rock musicians.

S. A. Bach: Keep The Moon Weird

There are lots of qualities to the lyrics of S. A. Bach that¬†draw listeners to his work. ¬†For example, the opening track, “A Good Life” plays with the ironies of someone that is¬†not having a good life, and is sarcastic about the promises that we see all the time: “…don’t you want a house/kid/wife?” he sings. ¬†It’s the promise of the standard of a “good life” that does not fit everyone.

On “Carnival Kelly” Bach¬†parodies the image of people on welfare as the people that are being irresponsible: using credit to go to a Carnival, and just “keep on spending money” when they should be looking for a job, “And saying that I’m looking for what I’m absolutely not looking for‚Ķhow dumb do I look?”

The title track sounds like a children’s song that went to a really strange place. ¬†A man and kangaroo get marooned on the moon, go to a movie where a martian waiter turns into a rootbeer, all capped off with an robot¬†mechanic that won’t work on a car because it looks like his ex-wife. ¬†Which is basically an observation of how what could by typical situations in our daily life can turn into absolutely absurd, surreal situations.

The EP closes out with “Goferit”, a song about a¬†friend encroaching on a relationship, and the desire to not be polite about it. ¬†It’s one of those situations where the main character of the song doesn’t want to be honorable or do the “right thing” but does it anyway. ¬†It’s about as gritty, and true-to-life as it gets in the balance of relationships.

Musically, all of these songs are really tight, from the Beatles-esque ballad style of “A Good Life”, the indie rock¬†style of “Carnival Kelly”, and “Goferit” and the alt-country style of “Keep The Moon Weird”. ¬†The style / setting of each song actually makes each tune more memorable, delivering the hooks that each song needs to make it stick with you.

Conclusion

S. A. Bach: Keep The Moon Weird is a fun indie rock EP, featuring some of the most fun, diverse lyrical content that you won’t hear on the radio these datys. ¬†It’s the kind of release that may make you wish¬†that this was the type of music that you heard more often. ¬†Fortunately we have artists like S. A. Bach to bring them to us.

S. A. Bach: Keep The Moon Weird

$1.99 USD
7.5

Rating

7.5/10

Posted by George De Bruin

One Comment

  1. can’t remember the last time anyone reviewed anything I did. thanks

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