"There are so many entry points into Moody Bats a couple’s Dream Pop project from Augusta, GA. “Don’t Break My Heart”, however, is their most fully-fleshed and instrumentally rich from their debut album “Blessing” available earlier this month. Blessed follows a simple formula, acoustic guitars with lots of airy, spacey keys laid atop banging out sleepy, major key anthems into the void. The entry points here serve as loose spiritual companions rather than sign posts. On “Blessing” we hear echoes of Damon & Naomi, Red House Painters, Idaho, Spokane, Appendix Out and many other slowcore & dream pop luminaries that centered vulnerability and weren’t afraid of letting songs spill out at their own pace. “Don’t Break My Heart” is a mid-tempo track that exploits multi-tracked acoustic guitars and keys wrapping the entire production in a warm and shimmering cloak of reverb. The rhythm section tends not to call too much attention to itself more than a pillar holding up the compositions most basic structure.
Lyrically and thematically “Don’t Break My Heart” and much of “Blessing” are small devotions to perpetual wonder – at the world, the sustaining power of relationships and nature. The group’s stated purpose was to “bring something light into an increasingly dark world”. As much as Moody Bats seem to gravitate towards the gentler side of 90’s indie rock the group also borrows quite a bit from the folk revivalists of the 70’s marrying hi-fi melodies with hints of subtle psychedelic flourishes in their droney keys and honeyed harmonies. Crosby, Stills and Nash come immediately to mind in their baroque mid-tempos and braided harmonies.
“Don’t Break My Heart” doesn’t rush in its journey into a beautiful lightness that imbues these tracks."
"THIS IS 'BLESSING' - 15 HEART-FILLED TRACKS DIVINELY COMPOSED AND SELF-PRODUCED, INFUSED WITH ACOUSTIC FOLK ATMOSPHERES AND EMBELLISHED WITH AN ALTERNATIVE AND DREAM POP TOUCH.
Written to bring some light into an increasingly darker world, the original and permeating musical delivery that Moody Bats set up with ‘Blessing’ is a fresh and dreamy breath of clean, radiant and enlightening air, that, while addressing the themes of water and light shining through the dark, gives back all that sense of perpetual wonder that we can grasp when we pause to focus on the deeper sense and essence of what surrounds us, of our relationships, the world and nature.
Ranging from rock to pop sounds, now moving through movie sets and now through introspective acoustic parentheses, the 15 tracks that make up the album are connected by a double, alternative and dream thread that naturally and organically follows the musical argument of the entire release, in which a myriad of hints of psychedelic blooms sprout, hinting at ’90s rock and ’70s folk.
It is so that, from the sound of waves and guitars of the introductory track ‘Water’ to the sparkling acoustic rock atmosphere of ‘Don’t Break My Heart’, Moody Bats accompany us with naturalness in a long, articulated and immersive listening experience. Each track calls the next, like being on a relaxed Sunday morning outdoor stroll in the middle of the countryside, when your feet leisurely and on naturally lead you to enjoy the warmth of the sun, the caress of the wind and the rustling of the leaves.
Moody Bats // Blessing - album cover
Divided into three parts interspersed by the two interludes ‘Passage 1’ and ‘Passage 2’, the central one takes on a cleaner musical connotation, less acoustic and closer to electronics, with some acoustic guitars giving way to electric guitars in combination with synths and organs, as in ‘Frames’.
‘Blessed Me’ is the link that skillfully closes the whole cycle of the album and at the same time somehow sums up its essence. Reintroducing the sound of the waves from which it all began, the acoustic guitars of the first part join the crystalline synths of the second part, setting up a song with an exquisitely candid and relaxing musical aesthetic.
Suggestive and qualitatively valuable, ‘Blessing’ by Moody Bats is a formidable listening experience that brings to mind those moments spent outdoors and in the company of our loved ones. Something that we are sure we are all missing at this moment.
A poster to take as an example that shows, if necessary, the communicative and evocative power of music."
"We were lucky enough to catch up with the divine duo Moody Bats, following the release of their stunning album, ‘Blessing’. Check out our interview below!
Hi Moody bats, Tell us about yourself?
We are Moody Bats, a musical couple from Augusta, Georgia USA. We love all different kinds of music and have been writing music for over half our lives now. We hope to use the ‘Moody Bats’ name as a means to release and perform all of our different types of music that we write.
What is your songwriting process?
There’s more than one way to write a song, and it just depends. Sometimes you have an idea of what you are going for, other times it just comes naturally out of nowhere. Sometimes it’s easy, and sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it’s fun; sometimes it’s not. But we always try to make music we genuinely like and would listen to ourselves – and hopefully others too!
What is the best gig ever played?
It was fairly recent – a week ago actually. It wasn’t even a gig. We were hanging out at a friends house having a ‘quarantine party’ with a bunch of different folks. Someone suggested we get out the guitar and I played as we went around the room taking turns singing. It was a lot of fun!
Tell us about your latest release?
‘Blessing’ is our debut album which we released last February. It is a collection of songs, some new, and some old that seem to go together. Through writing it, it seemed to take on scenes and shapes of water and lightness shining through the darkness. I like albums you can get lost in; I hope you are able to get lost in this one.
Your funniest gig moment?
I was probably playing the piano at an open mic, and the stage lights kept changing all the white keys different colours every second. Very hard to focus!!!
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
I hope just one of beauty.
Who are your musical influences?
The biggest musical influences on the album ‘Blessing’ have been Smashing Pumpkins, Neil Halstead/Mojave 3, Molly Drag, Richard Edwards/Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, and there’s probably some Elliot Smith mixed in there too. But we both love and are influenced by all music that is good.
Who are your non-musical influences?
I really like good artwork. I like to find artists on Instagram and give them a follow. I would love to do more collaborative work with visual artists!
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
Balancing life, work, with doing what you love.
Hopes for the next two years?
We hope that we are able just to keep on writing, recording, and releasing new music! Thank you to all that have supported and listened thus far! We are truly thankful!"