Perhapst, a solo act consisting of former ‘The Decemberists’ member John Moen, has crafted together a second album. The latest collection, named ‘Revise Your Maps’, features 13 pop rock tracks assembled with swooning guitars and talented falsetto vocals.
Not wanting to limit himself to just music, Moen has integrated art by providing drawings to accompany each song. Moen has a story book musical history, having performed on stage since his teenage years. This romanticism, coupled with the experience it brings, is evident in the music he creates. Moen is a father, husband and musician; a combination which seemingly provides sturdy ground for passionate creativity.
‘Revise Your Maps’ manages to produce a paradoxical effect of cheerful and melancholic melodies sounding in unison. Lyrically, many of the tracks depict a yearning for something beyond reach. Whilst this is successful and abstract, it leaves the album failing to hit a mark of greatness. It’s likely to leave the listener a little confused, wondering if they should feel cathartic or comfortably content. However, this is down to interpretation; maybe it’s the feel Moen was aiming for.
That said, ‘Revise Your Maps’ is a definite toe tapper. If you look at surface value and try not to delve too deeply into meaning, you’re sure to enjoy it. ‘Revise Your Maps’ was released on the 25th of June, produced by Jonathan Drews and under Jealous Butcher Records. 7.4