Half Moon Run
Half Moon Run Concert Films
Half Moon Run
Runtime: 14 min“I never heard anyone say that, and yeah, I know exactly what it means. It has to go in there, this has to be a song.” Every song has its own story, and we all think it’s a story we’ve heard before, but we haven’t. Songbook finds and captures these intriguing stories by pulling you into the process of writing and composing. Known for its pristine sound, cinematic 4k video and eye for detail, Songbook live-captured episodes emphasize the paramount importance of quality. It addresses the on-the-spot elements of blending song and location at the right moment. Both the magical location and remarkable music interaction will get the attention they deserve. Simply because Songbook isn’t just a live music session, it lives. This episode of Songbook showcases Half Moon Run, a Montréal-based band of four musicians that communicate through the language of music - be it dreamy alt-pop, bucolic alt-folk, or psychedelic indie rock. Since 2009, Conner Molander (vocals, guitar, keys, piano, harmonica), Dylan Phillips (vocals, drums, piano, keys), Devon Portielje (lead vocals, piano, guitar) and Isaac Symonds (vocals, drums, mandolin, synth, bass) have been stars on the rise in the music scene of their home country Canada, next conquering crowds internationally. The band's three albums - diverse in sound and overall feel - have earned Half Moon Run opening gigs for Mumford and Sons, City and Colour and Of Monsters and Men. On their latest release, 2019's "A Blemish In The Great Light", the four multi-instrumentalists have elevated their sound, perfecting their individual skills and touching upon lighter notes than on previous records, all the while maintaining the complexity that sets them apart from fellow indie acts. Watch Half Moon Run perform "Sun Leads Me On" and "Favorite Boy" in the unique setting of the Dutch tram museum of Amsterdam.
Half Moon Run Top Tracks
Live at The Cutting Room
Runtime: 22 minThere is something truly unique about the music that pours out of the four lads who comprise the experimental, indie outfit, Alt-J. It has a sparkling, melodious quality in the way the guitars fizzle in a bed of digital mist. But there are odd chanting harmonies, crunchy riffs that'll snap your teeth, and, most notably, a disjointed, percussive approach that's mightier than all. It's all helped to stew a bit of a phenomenon on the band's side of the Atlantic. Why just today the band snatched themselves a nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize for their debut, An Awesome Wave (which is just about the best way to describe what lies within). Here in the US, the band is currently spreading the gospel one city at a time. Recently, that meant a quick stop at The Cutting Room Studios in NYC for a live-to-air session with our friends at KEXP Seattle. In its' aftermath, we're obviously converted...and we don't think you stand a chance either.
Live @ Garorock Festival 2017
Runtime: 1 hr 9 minThe German duet is back and better than ever! Milky Chance is the success story of two school friends, Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch. After a long break, 2017 marks the release of a second, long-waited, album "Blossom". And, for the public, finally the occasion to discover live these new compositions, mixing rock, folk and electro pop. With reggae vibrations that can rub shoulders with house elements, Milky Chance has one of the most singular sounds. With the presence of musicians on stage, and if we believe the listening of the new record, we can expect more electric concerts, more electronic and even more energetic than in the past!
A Session With Foals
Runtime: 12 minBeing from the rain-ridden lands of England, Foals are used to a different kind of festival environment: generally speaking, frontman Yannis Philippakis described them as "mud and wellies" ordeals. So we're sure they were quite pleased to travel halfway around the world to the California desert to perform for Coachella's music-hungry crowds. Prior to taking to the stage in Indio, however, Foals made a pit stop at our little poolside bungalow to perform a Festival Fever Session featuring songs off their highly-acclaimed, recent full-length Holy Fire. While you might have already seen the band's in-the-flesh transformation of "My Number" into a slow-burning beaut, we've expanded the session to include the subtle closer "Moon".
Live at The Studio
Tokyo Police Club
Runtime: 29 minSince storming on to the scene in '06, TPC have honed in on the kind of proper, pop chops that have given them the inside track on this here music industry of ours. Theirs' are tunes that come packaged with a host of tasty touches hiding inside: acrobatic swirls of guitar, warm and woozy swells of synthesizer, and of course, Dave Monks' endearing, boy next door vocal delivery at the helm of the quartet.
Live at Earl’s Court: The Reflektor Tapes
Runtime: 1 hr 51 minArcade Fire released their live film recording "Live at Earls Court," in 2015. It was recorded during the band’s shows at Earls Court in London, during the Reflektor Tour in 2014 and it features some of the most fan-appreciated tracks.
Live at the Wiltern 2014
Bombay Bicycle Club
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minBombay Bicycle Club performs live at The Wiltern in 2014. The show, in support of their third studio album, A Different Kind of Fix, features performances of “Always Like This,” “Shuffle,” and “Light Out.”
Main Square 2011
Cold War Kids
Runtime: 57 minGet ready for a heartfelt performance by American indie rock band Cold War Kids, at Main Square, in 2011. Stay tuned for their forthcoming album New Age Norms, out this autumn.
Live at The Bowery Ballroom
Runtime: 32 minIn the exclusive concert performance video we captured on the first night of the band's stint in NYC, the synergetic spirit that binds the band together is evident enough. Clearly, this is not a tribe who are comfortable with their work merely being good enough. Self confessed "control freaks;" the band and their music is the result of a communal creative process. Watching their interpretation of the Talking Heads' "Warning Sign," it's no great stretch to envision the band spending whole evenings working through single vocal passages. The rhythmic pounce of " Wide Eyes" offers a picture of the band studiously aligning cut and paste, percussive contributions so that each hit can synch with one another. And "Sun Hands" speaks to the band's efforts in holding back during one moment, so that another one can ultimately be that much more explosive. Dramatic, endearing, energetic, and impressive: we know you're going to love what is one of the most exciting bands we have ever had the pleasure to capture.