On Song & Dance, Dylan Moon pits his signature songwriting against a bevy of breakbeats, and an ominous horizon. The four song EP arrives an exact year from the release of Option Explore, Moon’s second album and an enthralling, exhaustive survey of pop music’s fringe evolution. Bearing similar synthetic signposts to Option Explore, Song & Dance demonstrates Moon’s restless drive to experiment while elevating his pop sensibility and embrace of melody through a fatal, fractal lyrical lens.
As with Only the Blues, Moon’s debut album from 2019, Option Explore, and the smattering of stopgap tracks between albums, Song & Dance was written, recorded, and mixed entirely by Moon. Forgoing total autonomy with the EP, Dylan opened the garage studio door to some familiar and new collaborators from and beyond his surrounding Los Angeles scene. For “Absolute,” the second track on the EP, Pao Yumol, aka Goose Pimple, is featured on guitar, Milo Talwani on organ, and Hannah Rainey on vocals. The result of the collaborations lands between Gram Parsons and A Guy Called Gerald.
Lyrically, the mood of Song & Dance hints at an ultimate show stopper: the end times. Or at least the end of the internet, and what finite, and infinite, implications this imagined Anthropocene might have. By implementing jungle and drum ‘n’ bass production tropes throughout Song & Dance, Moon provides a sci-fi atmosphere to the concise collection of tracks, and envisions a future that, even if headed for its final act, places Moon at the maestro’s podium to soundtrack the inevitable.
Dylan Moon’s Song & Dance is set for release June 16, 2023.
01. In the Club
03. Blueberry Hill
04. It Is Obvious