Record Review: Moon Racer Offers Cozy Bedroom Pop on Is Really It a Secret? | Record Review | Indy Week
Pin It

Record Review: Moon Racer Offers Cozy Bedroom Pop on Is Really It a Secret? 

"From my bedroom to yours," reads the biographical blurb on Moon Racer's Bandcamp page. While musicians and writers alike have criticized the classification of "bedroom pop" for being vague, incapable of capturing the range of sounds and themes explored by artists working by their bedsides, Durham's Autumn Ehinger clearly identifies with the term. On her debut album as Moon Racer, Is It Really a Secret?, Ehinger embodies a consciousness too shy or pensive to commune directly with others, vocalizing vague, moody sentiments like, "days won't change" and "I feel the same as always" to the ether of the internet, where kindred spirits may stumble upon them.

Like the work of her peers and predecessors (such as Owen Ashworth of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, whose label, Ordinal Records, released Is It Really a Secret?), Ehinger's music is remarkably consistent. Each song begins with a persistent drum loop alongside a gentle synth riff, setting the water-colored stage for Ehinger's distorted, reverb-inflected murmurs. Sonically, a single song more or less conveys the record's overall tone; but lyrically, the tracks work as a meaningful whole, mingling memory with desire. "Last Kiss" and "Friendly Ghost" are haunted by former amorous adventures, whereas "New Crush" and "Starry Up" ring with a tentative hope for love anew. Ehinger sounds as though she yearns to be vulnerable and intimate, to feel excited about another person once more, but repeatedly checks herself with reminders of the possibility of pain. The juxtaposition of these cognitive states within the same musical atmosphere lends the record emotional density and saves it from redundancy.

Is It Really a Secret? doesn't stretch the possibilities of home recording, relying on slightly timeworn techniques and aesthetic sensibilities. But it is a cozy, warm album in which to wrap yourself while reflecting upon summer days past and brighter ones to come.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Record Review



Twitter Activity

Comments

misspelled the acts name in the headline

by Ren Kay on Record Review: VSPRTN Brings Strings to Club Music on NaTuReSs_HaL0: The Vortex (Record Review)

Where is the Q and A with Pepper?

by Alex Marsh on Record Review: Hardcore Titans Corrosion of Conformity Bring Pepper Keenan Back Into the Fold (Record Review)

Most Read

Most Recent Comments

misspelled the acts name in the headline

by Ren Kay on Record Review: VSPRTN Brings Strings to Club Music on NaTuReSs_HaL0: The Vortex (Record Review)

Where is the Q and A with Pepper?

by Alex Marsh on Record Review: Hardcore Titans Corrosion of Conformity Bring Pepper Keenan Back Into the Fold (Record Review)

There's bass in this. It's not a duo, at least in the recordings. …

by Steve Grothmann on Record Review: Raleigh's Naked Naps Explore Urgency on Year of the Chump (Record Review)

Remember that time the "journalist" took to the comments section to fire off a snarky response when called out on …

by JayDubz on Record Review: Raleigh's Naked Naps Explore Urgency on Year of the Chump (Record Review)

Pretty sure that if the press release we received had mentioned Chris Grubbs, the article would have reflected that crucial …

by David Klein on Record Review: Raleigh's Naked Naps Explore Urgency on Year of the Chump (Record Review)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation