"Asleep/Repeat/Awake" By Moira (Dayton, OH)/Dream Pop/Released Oct 2015
In my search for talented and unique musicians to feature on this blog I have once again run across an ex member of indie group Vanity Theft. My first feature of one of their members came in October of last year when I wrote on the full length debut of Brittany Hill’s solo project Kerchief. Now by chance I’ve run across Alicia Grodecki’s new project dubbed Moira which is based out of Dayton, OH and also goes in stark new musical territory.
Moira was originally composed of Grodecki on vocals and Rhodes keys, Aaron Hardy on bass and synths and Patrick Hague on percussion. The group has since been slimmed to a two piece following Hague’s departure. Following the release of their debut single “Midwestern Waste” on September 1st, 2015 the band released their debut EP Asleep/Repeat/Awake on October 20th, 2015. Several tours and shows followed and the band has steadily been building a following with their unique, haunting sound.
Moira’s sound is largely ambient featuring a mixture of Rhodes piano, electronic samples, and a balance of live and electronic drums. The percussion style is a secret weapon for the group with the sampled drums giving the songs an electronic flavor but the live cymbals and snare shots provide the punch needed for the louder swells featured in tracks like “Machines” and “You Say”.The reverberation of the piano provides a very dream-like melodic bed that Grodecki’s soothing vocal style sits atop of effortlessly. The vocal melodies provide the familiarity and accessibility needed to allow more casual listeners to experience the slow burn emotive edge of the instrumentation. While Grodecki draws from pop for the vocals it has more in common with the depth of indie singer-songwriter material with its poetry. The tracks overall are mostly downtempo with the percussion contrastingly swift and dynamic yet not overpowering. The focus is on mood and texture with the instrumentation with only the vocals driving the melody.
Asleep/Repeat/Awake sees Moira walking the line between artsy, ambient indie and conventional, singer-songwriter alternative. The band has taken elements from a number of styles, reconfigured them to their liking and have molded five tracks that are equally haunting and soothing. Even with the quality of this debut Moira sounds like a band still finding their wings and are likely to explore other qualities they can add to their sound and expand on this rock solid foundation. This aural opiate is only the beginning of even greater things to come.