With four singles in four months under their belt, Canadian electro-folk duo MOONTRICKS are back today (7/29) with their latest release on Westwood Recordings. A slow burn track, “Animals” infuses a powerfully evocative vocal performance with the boot-stomping spirit responsible for bringing the pair from a local Kootenay act to an internationally recognized fan-favorite. Exercising production poignance in restraint while simultaneously offering up electronic accents, Moontricks collect yet another dimension into their growing dynamism as artists and performers.
Listen to “Animals” on all digital platforms: https://wstwd.io/animals
“’Animals’ is an ode to the divine feminine,” the band shares. “It carries a pulse and rhythm bridged by raw acoustic strings and haunting choral sections as if from the rafters of a house of worship and veneration.”
In addition to “Animals,” Moontricks has been unveiling a series of singles leading up to the release of the duo’s first full-length album release, Currents out September 9. Vast, intimate, and dazzling, Currents is an album about settling into feeling comfortably lost and being okay with not knowing it all. It’s about finding joy and inspiration in the act of seeking.
Recent singles include “The Edge,” a soulful collaborative track with Dirtwire, “Embers,” and its corresponding ethereal animation video by Jesse Stasiuk at Kuro Cabra Studios, the hypnotic “Forest Of My Soul,” (with an acoustic version of the track released via video) and “Parting Ways,” a track featuring multi-instrumentalist/producer KR3TURE. The band’s releases have been featured in some of Spotify’s top editorial playlists including: wanderlust, Boho + Chill, New Music Friday Canada, Run Wild, Nu-Blue and Roots Rising.
Additionally, Moontricks–who had been establishing themselves on the festival circuit before the pandemic–are touring this summer to support their new music. Look for Gurley and Rodman to appear at many major and boutique Canadian festivals, as well as select US gatherings this summer and into the fall. Confirmed dates thus far are:
Sat Jul 30, 2022 — Mulhurst Bay, AB — Pigeon Lake Festival
Sun Jul 31, 2022 — Kaslo, BC — Kaslo Jazz Festival
Fri Aug 12, 2022 — Lake Country, BC — Live! in Lake Country
Sat Aug 13, 2022 — High Prairie, AB — Inter.Sect Art and Music Festival
Sat Aug 20, 2022 — Thornville, OH — Secret Dreams Festival
Fri Sep 2, 2022 — Harmony Park, MN — Shangrila Festival
Sat Sep 10, 2022 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom
Wed Sep 14, 2022 — Eugene, OR — The Big Dirty
Thu Sep 15, 2022 — Portland, OR — The North Warehouse
Fri Sep 16, 2022 — Seattle, WA — Nectar Lounge
Sat Sep 17, 2022 — Bellingham, WA — Wild Buffalo
Sun Sep 18, 2022 — Victoria, BC — Rifflandia Festival
Based in the rustic Kootenay mountains of Western Canada, Nathan Gurley and Sean Rodman of nationally renowned electro-folk duo Moontricks draw inspiration from the ongoing cycles of the natural world. Both volatile and constant—like nature’s best offerings—the band finds solace and beauty in the fusion of seemingly disparate elements. There’s a kind of technicolor campfire quality to their uniquely hybrid sound: Each track is steeped in tradition and polished with a futuristic sheen, mixing organic folk, roots rock, and old-time blues with modern electronic production. Since its initial release, the band’s breakout hit “Home” has reached over 5 million streaming plays, and their original tracks have been licensed for a wide range of television networks, including Netflix and Fox Sports. With the forthcoming release of their debut full-length album Currentsthe duo reveals an ever-evolving, cohesive blend of introspective writing, soulful, gritty blues, boot-stomping basslines, and intricate electronic arrangements.
Gurley and Rodman first connected at a music festival in rural BC, then collaborated on a series of rhythmic, instrumental soundscapes that eventually developed into their signature electro-folk sound. After dropping their debut single “Home” in 2013, they joined international tours and festivals in Australia, Costa Rica, and across the USA, gaining a loyal following for their dynamic live shows, which feature a rotating assortment of guitar, keys, banjo, and vocals accented with original electronic elements. Now poised to drop their debut album Currents on September 9, 2022 via Westwood Recordings, Moontricks honor the steadfast cycles of nature that carry the world forward, despite the chaos around and inside us. “The solace found in reaching past our personal confines into the vastness beyond them is something we return to again and again—in nature and in our music,” says lead singer and songwriter Rodman. Gurley, who focuses on production, views the album as a series of paths leading into unknown territory. Vast, intimate, and dazzling, Currents is an album about settling into feeling comfortably lost, and being okay with not knowing it all. It’s about finding joy and inspiration in the act of seeking.
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