Standing on the Roof/Filtering the Daylight

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Another bold step forward for Moonbabies, this EP finds them beginning to temper their electronic leanings with entirely more organic instrumentation and rhythms. The resulting tracks form a perfect synthesis of the two traditions, with the heartbreakingly gorgeous fragility of "Over My Head" coming across as a Neil Young piano ballad, yet discovering an incredible lushness in its simplicity. The light, almost rootsy percussion of "Forever Changes Nothing Now" takes very slight electronic underpinnings to create an almost tribal feel that fits well with the following droning atmospheric and thumping beats and backmasked vocals of "Come On, Come On, While We're Young." The quieting hand drums of the closing "Homegrown" goes a long way to show just how comfortable they are with the pastoral slant of these songs, which ultimately provides all the evidence needed to prove that this is one band that is truly conversant in number of musical languages and determined to keep themselves from dwelling on the same textures for too long.

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