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Little Ghost

Release date: 9.6.19

Label: Entertainment One

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October 17, 2019

Moonchild Release Intergalactic 60s Throwback Video For “What You’re Doing”

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September 6, 2019

Moonchild Release Fourth Effort Little Ghost, New Single "What You're Doing"

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August 16, 2019

Moonchild Release Empowerment Anthem "Money"

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July 23, 2019

Moonchild Announce 30+ Date Headlining U.S. Fall Tour

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Moonchild is a combination of three multi instrumentalists - Amber Navran

[vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, keyboards, synth bass, drum programming],

Andris Mattson [trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, synth bass, guitar, drum

programming], and Max Bryk [alto saxophone, clarinet, keyboards, synth bass,

drum programming]. The resulting union yields an ever-evolving fusion of

alternative R&B, jazz, and neo-soul. They all participate equally in writing,

producing, tracking, and mixing their records, keeping the spirit of collaboration

alive as they grow and transform as one.

 

“Our chemistry as writers was pretty instantaneous from the start,” explains

Andris. “The first tune we came up with, we all sat on a piano bench together and

wrote as a unit. Nowadays, each of us has our own studio setup and are

constantly making beats and writing songs on our own. We’ll often send each

other emails of beats we made and then get together to expand them into full

songs. We have so much trust in each other during the writing process.”

 

As Moonchild, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts—never more

so than on their fourth full-length, Little Ghost.

 

After that first shared piano bench session at the University of Southern

California, the group unveiled their debut Be Free in 2012. Please Rewind

followed three years later, and 2017’s Voyager saw them ascend to new critical

peaks. NPR Music touted the record among, “Five R&B Albums You Slept On In

2017,” and JAZZ FM named them “Soul Act of the Year” for 2018. “Cure” toppled

8 million Spotify streams, and “The List” exceeded 7 million plays on Youtube.

 

Along the way, the trio performed headline shows everywhere from the United

States and Europe to Asia, and supported other tours for the likes of The

Internet, Kamasi Washington, and more. As they began writing and recording

Little Ghost in 2018, they continued to seek out new sounds and textures. While

laying down tracks at Lake Arrowhead, Andris dove further into the guitar,

incorporating it at the core of the new music.

 

“The three of us are always experimenting with new programs and gear and

trying to improve our craft individually,” he goes on. “I’ve been so into guitar, so

that’s a big shift from previous Moonchild albums. The acoustic and ukulele really

expanded our sound. The keyboard-driven sounds and horns are still there, but

they’re intertwined with guitar.”

 

“The evolution connects to the title,” adds Amber. “At the end of a star’s life, the

gas expands into space and leaves a really beautiful nebula, and there is one up

 

there called Little Ghost. We thought it was a cool concept of expansion,

mirroring what we were doing as a group.”

 

The first single “Too Much To Ask” illuminates that expansion. Andris pairs an

electric piano patch with the guitar and ukulele over a skittering groove as

Amber’s raspy delivery rolls from a near-whisper to a soulful swoon. “It’s about realizing you’re in a relationship with someone who’s halfway out the

door – who doesn’t care like you do,” she says. “Often you come to that

realization one hint at a time, with the all little things they don’t do.”

Eliciting a raucous reaction by playing horns together live, the band “incorporated

more horns than ever before,” according to Max. Not only do horn solos blare

and bounce through “Money” and “Come Over,” but they kickstart the momentum

on the opener “Wise Women” where jazz-y shakers and hi-hats give way to a

breathy clarion call for female empowerment as Amber sings, “Go on and prove

them wrong.”

 

“‘Wise Women’ is just about making things happen for yourself and not waiting

for opportunities to come to you,” she elaborates.

 

Ukulele and piano converge for a dreamy dynamic on “The Other Side,” while

everything concludes on the sweeping string outro of “Still Wonder.” It serves as

a cinematic send-off befitting of the 14-track journey.

 

“Writing together is ultimately therapeutic,” Amber leaves off. “I hope we give

listeners something they can relate to and find comfort in. It’s what music does

for us.”

 

“We were obsessed with crafting this record,” concludes Max. “It got us really

excited every day. Maybe it can inspire others to pursue their own art or anything

that makes them feel good.”

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