MONTREAL – It is in the discretion of a wine bar in Little Italy that Half Moon has lifted the veil on its secret: an EP of six tracks novel to be published three days later, this Friday.
Devon Portielje, Conner Molander and Dylan Phillips bugger in the Ratafia on the boulevard Saint-Laurent. It is here that the musicians have invited the journalists informed of the existence of “Seasons of Change”, their max is composed of a half-dozen titles that fans had, in part, been able to hear on the occasion of the concert series “COVIDEO”.
“We registered in the same “batch” as “A Blemish in The Great Light”, our third album released in the past year,” says Dylan Phillips in a French fluid.
“The songs in the EP have more of a side folk, it’s still a large part of our musical identity, but found that it was not so much with the disc.”
Of all the music of Half Moon Run, rare are those who will see finally the light. All the creations of the group do not lead on wav files, on new entries on QUB Music or Spotify.
“Before entering the studio, we had the same fifty or so songs and it was necessary to make a selection. This is not necessarily the ideas over, it is just that there is so much trial and error!”
In their local practice, the guys record all of their sessions, jams, and note as a result of agreements on a large white board that they do not erase often. The trio keeps it all in the bank, reveals Phillips. These drafts may still end up serving.
“Sometimes, the ideas come back after a long time. ‘All At Once’ on the EP, this is a really old song, it comes from the time of the first album. It has never stopped to love this song, it’s just that she had not yet found its place.”
Blur the lines
“A Season of Change” resonates strong in this was shaken by the second wave of the movement #MoiAussi.
Track 1 (” Monster” in this case) evokes the mea culpa of a man who would confess his wrongs. “Look Me In The Eyes (Skitstövel)”, the third, suggests a misunderstanding or a lie, a sort of tear between two beings, as it occurs after a termination.
But was this the intention?
“It’s cool that you make this connection-there, meets Dylan Phillips du tac au tac. I think of it, and the EP fits so much with the weather at the moment, but it was not expected that it happens like that. It’s funny. I hadn’t even thought of that.”
Half Moon Run has a kind of mystery, and leaves it to the listeners care to take over their songs, do their own reading.
“You have to leave a little room for ambiguity, allowing people to let go of their creativity when they hear our songs. It may be that I’m the only one who think like that. We see all our music in a different way.”
Brothers of his
Welded by the success that has caught the turning of spring maple to the exit of “Dark Eyes” in 2012, the guys from Half Moon Run seem to be united by something greater than themselves.
Their friendship is going to words while they eat their dinner between one interview and the next photo session, as a couple of long-term or old friends who live together. The simple fact of being together is enough, the silence that slipped in between the laughter only scares them more.
In this regard, Dylan Phillips there goes a perfect analogy: “being in a band like ours, it is almost like being in a marriage”.
When asked about the introspective words that they assemble at six hands, the drummer with the qualities of multi-instrumentalist denies any form of modesty. Lend themselves to such an exercise of introspection with buddies of the guy, for him as for the others, nothing disturbing in and of itself.
“It is really close. We talk about everything together. It is important to stay inspired.”
Without a filter
The challenges inherent to the touring life (“Grow to Love” in a testament), loves disappointed or put in the plan… The three Montreal-adoption of share everything and spend more time together than with their lovers. Unless, of course, that a global pandemic is not as it winds its way up to the lines of their agenda.
“This week, we would have had to play on the plains of Abraham-shelf double with The Nationals for the Quebec city summer Festival. It would have been the biggest “show” of our lives!”
“At the same time, the time that we had at home has done us well. I had not seen my girlfriend for a long time and there, we spend all of our time together! I love my life at home. It has a garden, we painted all the pieces, you will have a dog in a few weeks… there are still some positive points to everything that lives in 2020.”
Visit the Ratafia
If Half Moon Run has asked us to join them at 6778, boulevard Saint-Laurent, it is that Devon Portielje (vocalist, main within the group) is a good friend of co-owner Jared Tuck.
Located a stone’s throw from the famous Fruiterie Milano, Ratafia gives in the wine nature served by the glass and desserts gourmet. The plates of Laurence Upscale, the pastry station at the time of our visit, are more a work of art than simple greed sweet as usual. It fignole really his dishes as if they were little sculptures.
The Bomb blood, a perfect glossy orange and covered with meringue, flambéed with rum, is a spectacle in and of itself. Scents of almond, nougat, pecans and maple syrup are added to the staging really inflamed to finally blend to the palate.
Vegans are not left out. Conner Molander, for his part, set his sights on The Garden city. Spanish-inspired, this recipe for polvorones (a kind of crumble) consists of strawberries, cream, ginger, tomato and basil. A mixture tastily amazing.
Like the Medovik, the last dish concocted with the intention of Devon, and is decorated with pansies, which grow on the roof of the restaurant. In the image of their true Garden in the city, finally.