Sun Leads Me On
Half Moon Run’s Dark Eyes was a positively stunning debut record, receiving heaps of accolades early, and thanks to relentless touring and an ardent fanbase, received gold status in Canada (an increasingly more challenging feat). The pressure was on then for a suitable follow-up. The Montreal group’s latest, Sun Leads Me On, is no sophomore slump – the band, now expanded formally to a quartet, sounds enthused and energized here, and as a press release points out – it acts as a fresh start for them. The subdued indie folk leanings of their initial offering isn’t completely removed, as the band gorgeously imbues every track with lush harmonies, but the sonic palette is now expanded, with synths and danceable rhythms entering comfortably into the mix. It’s clearly an emotional record too – tracks such as “It Works Itself Out” and “I Can’t Figure Out What’s Going On” are wonderfully melancholic and cathartic, and thankfully immensely catchy. Don’t think of this as Dylan going electric – Dark Eyes is the sound of a band unafraid to take the next step forward.