The Big Moon – ‘Walking like we Do’ | Album Review

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The Big Moon triumph with their second album!


Label: Fiction Records

Year: 2020

Intro.

The Big Moon have been at the crest of a wave of exciting and successful female indie bands that have emerged in the 2010s, following the footsteps of Wolf Alice, Hinds and Haim. The group’s debut, 2017’s Love in the 3rd Dimension won acclaim from critics and hinted at big things to come from the London four piece. The album was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize. the mix of pop and indie with Britpop sensibilities won favourable comparisons to 90s acts Elastica and Sleeper and the Libertines.  

The Album.

January’s Walking Like We Do was the group’s attempt to tackle the tricky 2nd album curse which has befallen so many acts.  It’s an incredibly assured follow-up, keeping the sense of infectious fun from the group’s debut, showcasing new sides to the group and a greater degree of experimentation.  As with other indie acts, The Big Moon have opted for a more poppy and 80s tinged sound, which works in nice contrast to the more Britpop flavoured nature of their debut. 

Opener It’s Easy Then sets the tone with its poppy nature, allowing room for some beautiful harmonies. Juliette Jackson’s vocals are on full display throughout as her quotable and distinctive lyrics.  Your Light fuses the more poppy sound with a more indie feel to it and is one of the most distinctive songs from the album, sure to be a fan favourite. 

Overall.

The record is a joyous and timely dose of sugary indie pop that is great from start to finish and really sets the Big Moon apart from many of their contemporaries. The group overcome the 2nd album hurdle with flying colours and the 2 albums to date showcase a great variety to their sound. It is a shame they haven’t taken off in the same vein as some other indie groups of the late 2010s and hopefully this release will push them more into the mainstream conscious. We wait with baited breath for what album #3 will bring but if Walking Like We Do is anything to go by it will be sure to be an instant favourite.

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