PREMIERE: Sydney’s Moon Brain Shares Powerful New Single ‘Watched You Break’
Sydney multi-instrumentalist David Rogers is guilty of creating only the lushest of soundscapes under the moniker Moon Brain. Built on blasting synth arrangements, persistent drums and cutting vocals, it’s an expertly produced sound that’s bound to make you move. Today, we’re very pleased to be premiering his latest single ‘Watched You Break’.
Rogers is no stranger to the Australian music scene, having previously hit our airwaves with moody pop-outfit Nantes and Jonathan Boulet. It’s this experience that shines through on his solo work - an air of sonic confidence that stacks up in a world-class way. Atmospheric instrumentals are the driving force on his latest endeavour, with an underlying sense of lyrical darkness that easily connects. Rogers said of the track, “Watched You Break was written at the start of 2018, at the time I was at a real loss with my songwriting, kind of stuck in this loop of writing really average folk songs that had no real purpose and were really uninspiring. After sending a few tracks to my friend/producer Simon Todkill, he challenged me to shake things up a bit and try to write something you could move to.” Prepare yourself to groove.
Referencing The Cure and LCD Soundsystem as direct influences for this particular release, he’s managed to perfect that balance of rock sensibility and rhythmic freedom. The gritty bassline hits you from the very first second, while the synth clocks us over into night time status. It’s one very smooth ride, with the final mix by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle and Sebastian) in Edinburgh, then mastered by Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, New Order) at Abbey Road Studios. “I was lucky enough to travel to London to work with my long-time friend and producer Simon Todkill. We spent a couple of days in the Pool Studios London and enlisted the help of the legendary Joe Clegg to perform all of the drum parts and some added percussion. We recorded part of the song in that studio and I recorded the rest at my home in Marrickville.” The best of the best with some home grown, inner-west charm to finish the job.
Moon Brain is set to release his five-track EP next month. Keep your eyes and ears pilled for one banger of a release show. Until then, you can listen to the below – with full volume please, it’s Friday.