Marc Bird’s new release, Moon Puddles, has something of a Bowie feel to it. It feels as though it would sit nicely in the Art Rock genre, although I hate to pigeonhole. I smiled to myself as I listened because vocally, it almost felt like the Beach Boys singing something melancholy, which doesn’t suit them at all, but it sure suits Marc Bird.
Moon Puddles has a wonderful stereo feel to it throughout. I was particularly drawn in to the brush snare sound; very gentle and very appropriate for this song.
The effects in this song are pleasant too; not just the crashing waves but the reverbs on the vocals and the overall mix. The chord sequence was nicely unpredictable – always plus points for me, and there’s never a bad time for a sax solo!
One thing I noticed was that, although at no point did the song seem to develop or rise and fall, it didn’t bother me that it didn’t, and my mind went off on a tangent trying to figure out why this didn’t bother me, and that I wasn’t bored. The reason, I think, is that this is perfect background music for a movie or TV show. The kind of scene where there’s no need for any dialogue, but the music just carries you. Perhaps the closing scene of a movie?
Moon Puddles has a pleasant overall soundscape. It’s like a work of art. Something to be still and listen to and just let the day wash over you. A well produced track. I’d like to hear more from Marc. Thanks for the opportunity to review your music.
I give this song 3 ears out of 5