One of my favorite discoveries made during the site’s hiatus last year has to be -
After first hearing about them through Okayplayer’s The Lesson & Blind I –
their self-released album, Golden Age, quickly became the go-to
soundtrack-to-insomnia / music-to-impress-cool-girls-with / headphone-traveling-music
sleeper hit of the year.
And after seeing – no, experiencing – them live at SXSW in 2010, it only furthered my faith that they would soon be a major force to be reckoned with.
A few months later, the group signed to L.A.-based powerhouse, Plug Research
& have since been keeping selectively quiet,
as they carefully construct their upcoming follow-up/Plug debut album.
Luckily however – today, Plug Research has reached out & gave us first dibs on a welcome new addition to Sonnymoon’s increasingly impressive catalog, with “Zodiac Shift.”
Continuing their reputation gained from stellar reworkings of both
Drake‘s “Houstatlantavegas” & labelmate, Bilal‘s “Levels” –
Sonnymoon this time shift the Flying Lotus instrumental, “Zodiac Shit,”
into their own original song.
Producer Dane Orr re-envisions the parts to the FlyLo original in a way that further suggests that he is one of the masters of romantic minimalism in production right now,
while singer Anna Wise lets her angelic voicings & resonating lyrics glide in between the track’s ever-changing surfaces, & dances w/ its subtleties.
Along with the song, Plug provided the following write-up:
Sonnymoon, two mystical beings, also known as Anna Wise and Dane Orr, has just begun their musical imprint on Earth with Plug Research. Sonnymoon now presents us with an intergalactic remix to Flying Lotus’ “Zodiac Shit,” from the acclaimed Cosmogramma album. This one is sure to leave a mark.
While the original song is still in tact with it’s pulsing bass, Sonnymoon adds dreamy lyrics and harmonious textures that float effortlessly over the modulated beat. With a perfect cosmic balance, the vocals glide and crescendo along the glitchy, terrestrial bleeps and kicks – comparable to a collaboration between Flying Lotus and Portishead, but with a futuristic twist.
Sonnymoon is in the last phase of creating a new batch of astronomical sounds. Look out for their new album transmitting soon on Plug Research.
You can stream the track below from Plug Research’s SoundCloud, read the lyrics, and download the song for free -
along with a bonus track, “Blast Off,” from the Potholes x Prefix – Summer Sampler,
& a bonus video for Golden Age‘s “Run Away” animated by Lauren Santorio –
Lyrics by Sonnymoon
On a cool breeze
Floating down from where They sit
Those all knowing
Put you in where you can fit
Til to Them you are a pale speck
Joining Earthbound ones that They recall
What day what hour will choose you
What sign will you return to
Frightening to think of all the places you could be
No use choosing who you are supposed to meet
Is it better claiming destiny
Or find comfort through your ignorance
Put trust in Those who know
Let Them guide which way you go