THE MOONDOGGIES’ A LOVE SLEEPS DEEP OUT 4/13/18; LISTEN TO LEAD SINGLE “EASY COMING”
WATCH THE OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO HERE:
STREAM: The Moondoggies – “Easy Coming”
Roots-rock five-piece The Moondoggies are poised to release their new album A Love Sleeps Deep on Friday, April 13th on LP, CD, digital, and cassette. Epic lead-off single “Easy Coming” premiered this morning via Paste Magazine and is available now for your enjoyment. Stream it here or by clicking the link above. Produced by Erik Blood (Shabazz Palaces, Tacocat), the album sees the Northwest band mining psychedelic, groove-heavy territory that was only hinted at on previous recordings. The Moondoggies are also returning to touring, and will hit the road in support of A Love Sleeps Deep in mid-April (see below for a full list of dates).
Pre-orders for A Love Sleeps Deep are available now. Advance copies for review are available upon request.
A Love Sleeps Deep’s bones rattle with all the seismic changes of the last five years since the release of The Moondoggies’ Adios I’m a Ghost. While the Washington band got lumped in early on with the woodsy folk-rock/Americana movement that sprung up in the Pacific Northwest in the 2000s, the core Moondoggies sound has always been rock in the more classical sense–more Pink Floyd than Woody Guthrie. A Love Sleeps Deep crystalizes that.
Perhaps more importantly, A Love Sleeps Deep finds singer/guitarist Kevin Murphy at his most pointed as a songwriter. There’s no lyrical pussyfooting this time around. Lacking the need to prove himself, he opens up and lays bare his feelings.
While the album on a whole is about love, there’s an unmistakable anger boiling under the surface. Murphy captures the life-altering glory of finding real love on “Sick in Bed” and “Easy Coming,” and speaks to that special unbridled brand of parental love on “My Mother.” But the highs exasperate his counterbalancing frustrations. He sings with poetic pointedness about the casual racism his girlfriend has faced on “Cinders” and how we’re all ruining the planet his daughters will inherit on “Underground (A Love Sleeps Deep).” He further lets his political feelings be heard on the distorted (literal) barnburner, “Soviet Barn Fire.”
Recorded in Seattle in the spring of 2017 with production wizard Erik Blood (Shabazz Places, Tacocat, THEESatisfaciton), A Love Sleeps Deep is also an album of collaboration. The band seemingly threw each tune up in the air to see how it bounced around the room, making sure everyone got their hands on it. From around 30 initial demos, Blood helped select the most jam-heavy numbers. “They had that vibe that made me love the band in the first place, but with a weathered distinction and confidence that moved me,” says Blood.
A Love Sleeps Deep
April 13, 2018
01. Easy Coming
04. Sick in Bed
05. Soviet Barn Fire
06. My Mother
08. Underground (A Love Sleeps Deep)