Moon & Sun

Moon & Sun

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Apocalypso, from palm trees to pine trees.

Biography

Moon & Sun is the work of Swedish songwriter and visual artist Monica Tormell. Influenced by lonesome, gloomy atmospheres and Caribbean tunes her music sets out to explore sonic constellations from the primitive to the electronic and manipulated.

‘The Wild Things’ was written and recorded on Curacao, in the woods of Sweden and in Amsterdam, all with an impact and a presence on the record. It’s a journey through landscapes, changing from beautiful picture views into ghostly midnight lands, a place where reality, imagination and time blur together.

Moon & Sun is the observer traveling from palm trees to pine trees trying to translate it both musically and lyrically, using instruments like the tambu, drum, steeldrums, clavé sticks and the Swedish zither.

The record was co-produced with Staffan Björk. The two of them have worked together many times before with sonic art projects and playing in bands. Their last band was the shy shoegaze duo Mustafa et Monique.

Monica went to Curacao the first time in 2009 where she had an artist residency at Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) for 3 months. She met a local percussionist, Crisanta Martha, and started recording her drumming that later came to function as Moon & Sun’s own ‘drum-library’. Within a year she went back again.

Reading the book Zoutrif by Miriam Sluis and taking walks through the beautiful, but traumatized, ruins of the old plantation area (Rif) together with the author, inspired Monica to write the song ‘Salt & Indigo’.

The song Bo is a tribute to the Swedish musician Bo Hansson, who past away earlier this year, describing a sense of belonging when you stand alone outside your cottage on the Swedish countryside surrounded by the woods and the midnight sky.

The record cover is made by Nicole Martens. The different images put together in a kaleidoscope-like way are all glimpses of the places; the foggy view outside Monica’s cottage in Karleby, Sweden, the back-yard of the IBB house and the stark silver tree from Zoutrif on Curacao.

Discography

Apocalypso 7" Ep
Oscillatone Records 2009

The Wild Things 10" Ep
Beep! Beep! Back up the Truck 2010

The Wild Things - Remixes (upcoming 2011)

Set List

1. Bo
2. Hunt
3. Howl
4. Ashes
5. Hollow
6. Salt & Indigo
7. Where the Wild Things Are
8. 000000
9. Play with Fire (Rolling Stones cover)
10. Feel so sad (Spacemen 3 cover)

Set length ca. 45. min.