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Extinction - Moon

Chicago-based band Moon is a three piece outfit that's difficult to put in a box. I know, you want to know "what they are." Are they rock? Are they prog? Is it alternative? Our obsession with genres and sub-genres is how we identify what we listen to these days, but I really feel that Moon has a box all their own. For those who can't stand for something that abstract, let's simplify things and call it something close to indie rock.

Extinction is launched by a song called "There's Light Here," which also serves as the first single from the album. This is a song that reminded me of the glory days of indie rock. The steady grind of guitar noise and a rhythm section that comes straight at you were signature elements of the indie culture, and this song nails that feel perfectly. Think Smashing Pumpkins' Gish-era with a retro psychedelic slant, and a vocal tone reminiscent of Budgie singer Burke Shelley or a young Geddy Lee. It’s a great amalgamation of these elements and more, making what was once old new again. As the set moves into a track called "Revolutions," the atmospheric mood of Extinction really starts to emerge. There's a softer, moody pulse that's thoroughly alluring, and something that ultimately leads to a raucous power surge to carry the song to the finish line. One great quality that singer and guitarist David Azizinamini possesses throughout this set of songs is the ability to be in the high voice but still remain subtle and soft when the song calls for a lighter moment. This great vocal control gives these songs some nice movement, and it never turns into a whining shriek fest. "Forked Lake" is another song that has an alluring guitar tone and mood that just sits comfortably in the ear. With drummer Chris Schneberger's sharp snare popping and Chris Shen's bass line lightly pushing the song forward, I can't help but think of this sound as a sort of musical marijuana. As my ears inhale songs like "Forked Lake," "Revolutions," and "Free," I can almost smell how happy they are. Much of this material falls into that cerebral realm, which is why it's such a comfortable listen. This is not to say that a loud and angst-ridden edge is missing. Songs like "There's Light Here" and "Wish List" can get in your face, and "Hidden Find," "Siberian," and "The Silence And The Noise" balance, well, the silence with the noise for the all around Moon experience. 

Extinction is one of those albums that transports you. It transports me back to a time when indie rock was pure and raw, and it stood loud and proud in its honesty and authenticity. It also transports me to a floating, trippy place inside my head; a place I plan to visit more often with every listen. 

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