Arc Iris – Moon Saloon
[Year: 2016 / Country: USA / Label: Arc Iris/Bella Union]
An art pop pixie journeys to space
On their second album, Arc Iris takes the art pop sound of their debut to breathtaking new heights. Intricate and expansive, Moon Saloon is an elaborately orchestrated album that never feels convoluted. Sounding like a combination of Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush, vocalist Jocie Adams sings with a quirky elegance over an unpredictable synthesis of chamber pop, glam, spacey jazz, and unpretentiously proggy art pop. For such an over the top, ambitious adventure of a record, Moon Saloon succeeds in part because the fun they’re obviously having playing the songs crosses over to the listener.
Favorite tracks: Kaleidoscope, She Arose, Johnny