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The Moth & The Flame








Incorporating the dark, slinking melodies of late-90s Radiohead, the dream-like melancholy of Brit-pop threesome Doves and the expansive, heavy post-rock soundscapes of England’s Oceansize, The Moth & the Flame harken back to post-OK Computer’s fruitful era of masterful songcraft and raw emotions. Updating these styles for modern times with nods toward sunnier themes and with the help of producer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms for Peace), The Moth & the Flame have stepped up to fill the long-standing void in indie art rock left when hazy, synth-driven chillwave came into fashion.

The Moth & the Flame’s forth-coming EP, produced by Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace), has a refreshingly no-bleed sound. The playing is crisp, each instrument distinct, and the lyrics are both straightforward and relatable. Robbins, Garbett and Tolman have something to say, and they’ve crafted a record to make sure you hear it. Here, themes of redemption, searching and loneliness play under the banner of ever-present tension evoked by the image of the moth and the flame. Sonically, the peaks and valleys of songs like “How We Woke Up” capture that tension, drawing close to catharsis without ever fully reaching it. The result is a dynamic collection of songs that explore a broad spectrum of the human experience — a rare find these days. In an era of monochromatic moods, The Moth & the Flame are here to remind us what we’ve been missing.

"The end result, if lead single "Sorry" is any indication, is a layered, complex collection of rock songs that probably has Chris Martin wishing he came up with them himself." - Nylon Magazine Online