Damien Youth

Moonfield

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The songs on Moonfield were recorded during the sessions for another 1999 Damien Youth work, Sunfield, but it's not particularly a companion disc. The songs are less impressive than those on Sunfield, actually. They're not too dissimilar, but that's a highly relative adjective when you're evaluating an artist such as Damien Youth, whose sound has changed little from release to release. There are, however, more deviations from the usual acoustic-dominated folk-rock in which he specializes, with low-key psychedelic electronics on the instrumental "Running Through the Field," a bit of bossa nova-type happy-go-luckiness on "The Girl in the Coffee Shop," jazzy coolness in "Hannah," chaotic psychedelic mumblings on "Red Eye the Slasher," and underwater megaphone-styled vocals on "Let's Save Mannequins." This is balanced by more characteristic, more minimally produced folk-rock-psychedelia, highlighted by the wiggly hooks of "Roxy." In another high point, "One of Our Antichrists" is as much like as he, or almost anyone, gets to the most acoustic late-'60s John Lennon tunes. This is a more diverse Damien Youth effort than usual, but it has to count as one of his less-impressive ones, since the material's of a lower class than his usual standard, and since the more contemporary production and percussion on some of the songs aren't as well-suited to his writing as his usual folk-rock arrangements are.