Davy Mooney and the Ghosts
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Davy Mooney and the Ghosts

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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En route to becoming one of the most promising and captivating guitarists in the jazz world, seven-string master Davy Mooney managed to stash away a large cache of songs. On his first non-instrumental release, Ghosts of Music, Past, the first local grad from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz divulges a wistful set of jazz-flecked folk numbers. Evocative and emotional, exquisite and elegiac, here the perspicacious artist proves his poetry is as perceptive as his playing. Akin to early era Tom Waits—though on a less gritty, more ethereal level—Mooney threads drifting tales of mystery and melancholy over sparse, intimate accompaniments. “I’ve outgrown this coffin of a town,” he muses atop a clarinet breeze on “There and Back Again.” On “Only Summer,” he pines for a lost love as seasons fade: “Cruel the dreams that plague the sleep / Dark and fathomless the deep / Painful, slow the seasons creep ’til summer.” Also similar to Waits, Mooney’s pleas resonate so poignantly and so profoundly that the effects are often arresting.
Musically, Ghosts of Music, Past’s deep, vibrant textures shade the singer’s fragile longings. Moving guitar arpeggios, pensive piano swells, and a playful melodica solo sweep the heartbreaking lullaby “Summer Shower Song” up into a tender catharsis.
While the first half of Ghosts is sprinkled with delicately nuanced jazz, the tunes on the second half ring with a more folk-orientated feel. Still, themes of woeful reflection and unrequited love pervade, so much so that the weight of Mooney’s despair becomes almost too much to endure. “Love won’t last forever / It came, it saw, it fled / It stung us and now it’s dead,” he laments on “Maybe Tomorrow.” Likewise, the lovelorn ballad “Lisa, Darling” digresses into a collage of misery. Though perhaps a few tracks too deep, this haunting suite, rife with suffering and sorrow, glistens with stirring beauty and subtle elegance.
- Offbeat Magazine

Often music from the singer-songwriter genre offers tunes that are lyrically complex yet melodically and harmonically simplistic, leaving the listener moved by the story, yet musically unsatisfied. When a jazz artist with the pedigree of New Orleans native Davy Mooney, a recent graduate of the Thelonious Institute of Jazz Performance ventures into that singer-songwriter genre, he brings the musical tools to give his narratives a fitting complement. Mooney has made a name on the international music scene as an accomplished young jazz guitarist, with a focus primarily on instrumental music. His alter-ego is that of a solo artist playing nostalgic songs in coffee houses and small bars, and Ghosts of Music, Past is a collection of material developed through that excursion. The music has a fittingly haunting quality, appropriate in the sense that Mooney has been haunted by these songs for years. Highlights of the album fraught with themes of relationships, doubts, and complex emotions include “The Noisy People,” a flowing arpeggio-laden tale that questions the virtues of the hectic lifestyle. “Maybe Tomorrow” chronicles how the lessons of the past, both painful and blissful, lay the foundation for the future’s possibilities. ?Beautifully crafted harmonies, simplistic instrumentation delivered exquisitely and void of percussion, all perfectly set to Mooney’s soft-toned vocals to create an arresting musical journey. Stylistically compelling, melodic, and mellow, Ghosts of Music, Past is a pleasant glimpse at the other side of Mooney. - Where Y'At Magazine

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Ghosts of Music, Past



Davy Mooney and the Ghosts is the new singer-songwriter project from world-renowned jazz guitarist Davy Mooney. Mooney has been leading a double life for his entire musical career: he is well known on the international jazz scene as a melodic and harmonically sophisticated guitarist, but for the past 15 years he has been performing solo in coffee houses and small bars singing his bittersweet, nostalgic songs to old folkies and young indie rockers. Although some of the songs go back 10 years or more, Mooney hadn't gotten around to recording them until this past year. The CD is "Ghosts of Music, Past", and the band Mooney has put together to perform the music is called, fittingly, the Ghosts. Why the supernatural theme? Because Mooney has been haunted by these songs for years; they come from the past and are rife with regrets and shadowy memories. The record is stylistically diverse, but many of the songs deal with relationships, doubts, and complex, mixed emotions. The Ghosts are a band of virtuoso musicians that bring depth and musicality to Mooney's tunes. Listen and be transported!