The name of the band is Poor Moon and are comprised of Fleet Foxes band members Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott, and brothers Ian and Peter Murray. Their self-titled album is due out 24th August on Sub Pop through Inertia.
The band, named for frontman and primary songwriter Christian Wargo's favorite Canned Heat song, began four years ago as a long distance project with demos being created and sent back and forth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes.
Before there was a band or a record, there was a series of songs that had been forged by Christian Wargo over several years. That's one of the things that makes Poor Moon so special: the band grew out of their songs, not vice-versa.
Casey Wescott recalls a time when there was a lot going on in songwriting land for Wargo; "There was so much material sitting on iPods and in mailboxes, more ideas than could fit on one record." These songs weren't just simple demo's or scratchy ideas, but a bunch of well thought-out originals with full arrangements that Wargo had fashioned on his lonesome in the Fleet Foxes rehearsal space. Joining forces as Poor Moon allowed the four men to fully realise the music through recording and love performance.
While these songs cover some of the most tumultuous episodes in Wargo's life, they handle even the heaviest topics, including death, addiction, and spirituality, with a certain lightness. "There's often a paradox between what a song sounds like and what we're actually talking about" says Ian Murray of the recording.
Look forward to hearing warm earthy tones, impassioned vocal harmonies and a recording splashed with marimba, harpsichord and fretless zither. Their debut E.P Illusion was released earlier this year. Check out a sample of what the long play will sound like below.