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 (live on a ferry in Seattle)
And here’s “Empress of The North” performed live by Kevin Murphy.