Moth To The Flame

Moth To The Flame ‘Snow Train / Tides Of Time’
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Rel Date: 5th September

Formed in 2016, Moth To The Flame is the brainchild of UK based singer/ songwriter, Wendy Robinson ex of 90’s indie darlings The Popinjays who you may recall released the rather wonderful “Perfect Dream Home” via One Little Indian back in 1990; Wendy has teamed up with San Francisco based singer/ songwriter, Dave Han of the more recent shoegaze bands Astral and Foreign Cinema.

Robinson and Han met in 2015 at The Popinjays reunion gig in London; it was clear a musical relationship had instantly formed, though the distances from each others base initially looked to hamper any efforts to create music together; as such they took to the creation of Moth To The Flame online, subsequently coming together, meeting face to face on just four occasions before entering a studio in the English seaside town of Whitstable; the two track DL single ‘Snow Train / Tides Of Time’ is the result of their collaboration.

Together they produce an eclectic, intimate, and unique sound world of dream pop, supremely fragile, and whilst partially machine driven its a sound that retains an organic feel, gently washing over you; Robinson’s voice has a rich depth, yet threatening to fracture at any moment, the multi layered harmonies complimenting the lead vocal whilst Han’s deft guitar work adds colour and drive to the tracks; ‘Tides Of Time’ is ever so more propulsive, underpinned by a warm gently looping bass, Robinson delivering a coquettish vocal that draws you further in.

It’s not a million miles away from any number of shoegaze bands, less aggressive than Lush, more refined than Linda Guilala; so whilst remaining within a clear genre Moth To The Flame have crafted their own sound, a sound that on a summer evening will effortless evoke images of sun dripping through clouded skies, shimmering ponds, moments of contemplation or indulgence and that cant be a bad thing.

Moth To The Flame are to launch the EP with a gig; Saturday 10th September at The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, London N1 0XT

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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