Lo Moon (Independent/Thirty Tigers)

About to release its first new music in three years, Lo Moon has had an interesting journey since first being heard from in September 2016, with the release of “Loveless” as its first single – which was produced by former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist and producer Chris Walla and Francois Tetaz – and supporting it with live shows in early 2017. Following that with second single, “This Is It,” and performances at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City and, two months later at Lollapalooza in Chicago, they soon found themselves chosen as one of three acts added to NPR’s inaugural Slingshot emerging artist series. Lo Moon’s star continued to rise with an opening slot for Phoenix on five North American dates, and in November 2017, Lo Moon began headlining sold-out shows, including stops at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, and at Rough Trade NYC, culminating with the release of their self-titled debut on Columbia Records in January 2018.


Now, Lo Moon has released “Dream Never Dies,” the first single from a forthcoming album and the first release of new music since 2018. Frontman Matt Lowell says about the song, “As I get older, I’ve become more and more nostalgic about my youth. I had way less anxiety, I didn’t fear losing the people closest to me, or have to face the bigger questions of life. Hope and optimism were just a little bit easier back then. I work hard not to let the complexities of life suck the hope out of me. This song, if nothing else, is a reminder to try my best and not let that happen.” Scheduled for release in February 2022, Lo Moon’s third album, which highlights the growth of the band’s expansive sound, Lowell’s signature vocals combined with piano flourishes, reverb-enhanced instrumentation, and has one of the best melodies this critically acclaimed band has composed together. The songs flow into each other in ways that remind this author of bands such as Traffic, Jimi Hendrix, or Grateful Dead, where letting the album “track” was always an adventure of discovery.


Lo Moon started 2022 with support from WRLT, WXPN, WXRV, KXT and more, and will spend most of the year touring the US and Europe with stops in Austin, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Berlin, Milan, Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Antwerp.