Lunar (band)

Happy Wednesday!

In last week’s Music Wednesday post I briefly mentioned in footnote 2 about this band and I all of a sudden remembered why I started this music series in the first place, which was to raise awareness about bands I like that aren’t getting enough attention or that I just cannot shut up about (usually a little of both) and this is one that fits both categories.

Way back in 2007 before I discovered the wonders of weed, I was a pretty studious scholar.  I graduated high school early, with a 4.0 (on a 4.0/4.0 grading system), and my first year of university I was enrolled in 18 credit hours(1) and getting all As.  Basically I kicked ass in the scholastic ring. In the social ring, it was a different story.  Being this scholastic gave me lots of time to surf the internet because I didn’t have the social tempering to navigate university life (or really life at large) nor did I have time to kill and entire evening getting drunk and dancing (or so I thought(2)).

Late one night, on a Friday I believe, I was browsing the internet via the “stumble upon” I had installed on firefox, which when clicked took you to some seemingly random place on the internet(3) and one time I landed on www.lunarmuisc.net.  Back then it only had two albums and the newest one was the second album Wall of Sound (released in December 2007) and it’s cover art covered the page with a black background.

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I listened to it and the first album, Hybrid Awaken (released mid 2006). lunar

 

Then I replayed them. Again. Again. And again.  I hadn’t listened to ANYTHING on repeat for like 6 years prior but then Lunar got in my earballs and would not get out.

Years later they came out with a third album, Complexity Kills (released February 2010)

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Lunar is a strange mix of instruments from piano and drums to organ and strings with a splash of glitch and some other things I don’t know.  Results may vary but here’s some of my favourite tracks:

Hybrid Awakens:

Lazy Dog Funk – it has kind of a jazzy piano and tip tapping high high hat sound that stays pretty steady.  This song kind of reminds me of a lazy summer afternoon in St Louis when I was a kid when it was too hot to go play but it was summer and there wasn’t anything to do inside so I would just kinda wonder around looking at things, all of which were familiar but warranted a second look just in case something changed.

Voyage of the Mercantoli – the song sounds as big and profound as it’s boisterously ambitious title, lots of big drums and quivering strings reminding me of a voyage at sea in some rough waters, getting patches of clear skies but ultimately the ending sounds as ominous as the beginning of the song not promising a peaceful resolution.

Wall of Sound:

Overall the dude uses less piano on this album, which is nice because it sounds like he is being over all more expressive and experimental on this album but where he does use it, it works really well (like in Highest Limits)

Chaos Light – this song has one of my favourite build-ups in his modest discography at 2m10s coming to full fruition at 2m20s.

The Unknown (THW remix) – this is a remix of a song from the first album which articulates really well where the first album was lacking.  The remix makes uses much less of the same sounds, mostly piano, but also builds up faster coming to its first climax at 1m22s where as the original was building the entire song but never felt like it came to a properly interesting plateaux.  The remix turns up the background noises and varies the tempo keeping for a more engaging pace.

Complexity Kills:

Melt – dude is using more guitar on this album and in this song he uses it particularly interestingly off setting grungy power cords with ting of plucked strings particularly around 2m5s

Nine Lives – this strong has a strong strange introduction that has a upbeat synth but then works into a strange techno carnival type sound at 1m10s however it works for me.

This is a person whom I’m not sure how much longer em’s going to be out there or if he’s still producing or what he’s up to(4) however if you like em’s music go buy his albums, they’re starting at the low low price of FREE(5).  Give his page a like, go listen to em’s music on youtube and boost em’s ratings, basically if you like em go show him that some support.

I’ll see you Friday for the last post of 2016.

 

Footnotes:

  1. For my not American university students let me try to simplify.  Most classes are 2-3 credit hours, each credit hour corresponding to 1 hour in class per week.  Minimum full time is defined as 12 credit hours, the mean being 15 credit hours (they recommend to figure 3 hours studying per credit hour, eg 12 credit hours = 48 hours of class and study time a week, 15 credit hours = 60 total work hours; however for me I’ve found it more realistic to figure about 1-2 hours study per credit hour) so taking 18 credit hours  worked out to taking 6 classes a week or 72 total work hours.
  2. I had not yet learned the magical motivation of a game I like to call “running with the deadlines” which is kind of like running with the bulls if deadlines could trample your body to death rather than your sense of accomplishment.
  3. After extensive stumbling I learned that there was a sort of canned set of places it would take you, mind you it was a big can of places, but it did repeat occasionally to my disillusionment.
  4. There is no wiki page, his facebook page (@lunarmusic.net) hasn’t been posted to in about 3 years, and his search-ability on google and you tube is kind of awful.
  5. Literally, go check his site, the prices of his albums are “name a price”.  You can pay as much or as little as you want, it does appear to accept $0.00 as payment.
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