The Moondoggies voyage into the Tidelands [Album Review]

by oz on September 23, 2010

Whatever happened to the album? In a landscape of fickle, impatient music consumers that choose to download $1 singles for their iPod playlists, The Moondoggies cater to a different audience. In Tidelands, the Seattle band embarks on a unified body of work where each song ebbs, flows, and drifts into the next.

The albums title is well-suited for the music. Acoustic songs like “Empress Of The North” and “A Lot Of People On My Mind” shimmer like sunlight off ripples of calm water while “What Took So Long” and “Down The Well” rise into violent squalls before again finding calmer waters in “Uncertain” and “Can’t Be In The Middle.”

I first fell in love with the band back on 08 and was astonished with their performance of a song called “Its a Shame, Its a Pity” on a ferry boat outside of Seattle (see below). It was easy to recognize the talent in the unknown band, mostly due to the three-part harmonies.  That song finally emerged as the lead track on Tidelands. It begins this incredible voyage where each song knows its place. Theres no show-boating. No standouts. No mediocrity.

Tidelands is an invigorating album that is completely current and relevant Americana. But its also nostalgic. The Moondoggies have embraced the making of an album , not a collection of singles. Its only been available for a short time, but Ive already listened to Tidelands more than any other album this year. It just never requires the use of the “skip” button.

The Moondoggies will be visiting us for a live session in October November.

The Moondoggies – It’s a Shame, It’s a Pity

Previously posted:

The Moondoggies – Changing

The Moondoggies – Fly Mama Fly

The Moondoggies – It’s a Shame, It’s a Pity (live on a ferry in Seattle)

And here’s “Empress of The North” performed live by Kevin Murphy.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Vanessa September 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

Live session you say?! WOOT WOOT
Coincidentally, have been listening to these guys as well as the Maldives as of late.
Um, on a related note, could you also perhaps point out to these guys a slight overlooked mistake on their booking agent’s part of forgetting to book them for an Austin show? GuhRATE-Thanks!

s September 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

Can’t wait for your live session with them. This band is terribly underrated as are their friends The Maldives. I hope they play “Lead Me On”!!!!

Woody September 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

This album is a dandy. And yes both The Moondoggies and Maldives are both terribly underrated. Both are great bands.

Shirk September 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Just so there is not confusion, The Moondoggies are coming in for a session in November, not October. I imagine this one will get published right around tree trimming time. Looking forward to this one.

Vanessa September 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

this was from the article I recently read:

“I feel that this [album] actually represents us as a band more [than Stranger], if you had to compare the two albums,” says keyboardist Caleb Quick. “From beginning to end, I feel like it has all the parts of us, whereas maybe the first album [was] just the best tracks to fit into that album.”

ps. am serious ’bout beggin’ them to hit up Austin

Sir Indie September 24, 2010 at 7:40 am


This song has made me a Moondoggies FAN! =) Enjoy this song so much..

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t September 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Not seeing that this album is available anywhere until October 14. Am I missing something?

Jason September 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Moondoggies are about as underrated as Jimmy Gnecco (Ours). It’d be nice if Moondoggies would come play NYC. At least I’ll get to see Jimmy Gnecco this weekend.

JJ October 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm

They’ve played a lot at a bar I work at. Kevin did a solo show this summer. Very interesting to hear these songs stripped down to the bare bones. There’s a video in this post from Sound On The Sound:

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