Hello Luna’s “Ghost of You” makes good angst for a rainy day
As I was sitting here getting ready to begin this review, the phrase “rock and roll for a rainy day” came to mind. My surroundings definitely had something to do with it. My clothes are damp, its grey and steadily raining outside, and a protest march just passed Mission Coffee (where I write this) on High Street. Angry people in the rain.
Hello Luna eschews the typical notions of rainy day music while at the same time falling under that umbrella (no pun intended). The album’s single “Sound & Sorrow” might be the best embodiment of this. A simple guitar melody begins the song in a calm way yet signals looming conflict in the distance. Of course, the song gets louder and we get the full taste of what that melody implies.
It is worth noting that vocalist Kenzie Coyne has the ability to communicate what she wishes without much effort. She is in your face without yelling at you. It’s like when your parents sit you down after you did something wrong and they tell you that they they’re not mad, just disappointed – instead of getting into a yelling match at you. Except, the effect on the listener is positive in the case of this EP.
Songs like “Tell Me” demonstrate succinctly the band’s prowess at that straightforward, driving rock sound that has been captivating folks across central Ohio. In an era of synth-driven indie pop and washed out rock and roll it’s nice to hear something straightforward that is also polished – though I very much enjoy bands in of the aforementioned sounds as well. “Half Asleep” demonstrates this philosophy further, ending the EP with the most triumphant sound we hear during the whole experience – a fitting climax to this “rainy day rock and roll.” Fittingly, as the song was ending I glanced outside and I noticed the sun trying to poke through the clouds.