words: Delaney Motter
Whether we like it or not, all good things, even the ones we love most, must come to an end. The time is drawing near for Portland, Oregon’s Two Moons. The band’s upcoming release, More Rain, will be their final as they bring a conclusion to their own story. The band’s decision to come to an end follows the passing of their late drummer Andrew Masset. Masset was an astounding musician, loving friend, and kind human being; and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to foster the wonderful friendship with him that I did. More Rain is the band’s final collection of recordings. As these songs take on an entirely new meaning and feeling as they are situated now, one can’t help but feel the many emotions of grieving The EP brings about everything from celebration, to frantic anxiety, to content love, to the distant comfort of the sound of rain. Singer and guitarist Aaron Liu’s gentle voice effortlessly lends a warmth to the band’s sound, at times sounding more like an invitation. Experimental guitar riffs that go in and out from borderline twangy alt-country, to fuzzy experimental, to 90s soft rock lay seamlessly over bassist Michael Bonham’s thoughtful and comforting basslines. As I listen to this EP I feel the beginnings of what I imagine to be a possible sense of closure, I feel an immense amount of love and care in these songs because I believe that is entirely what Masset, Liu and Bonham had and still have for each other and for their music. I can only hope that you are able to feel that too. Listen to the EP below.
More Rain will be out tomorrow, 11/23. The EP is being self-released and all proceeds will benefit Masset's family. Preorder here.