“takes us back to summertime playtimes” – i-D
S O N N Y M O O N
Taken from the new album ‘The Courage of Present
Times’ out March 23rd on GLOW365
Anna Wise from Sonnymoon featured on the new
Kendrick Lamar album ”To Pimp A Butterfly’
Sonnymoon herald the arrival of their new album ‘The Courage of Present Times’, out March 23rd on Glow365, with a new track Grains of Friends.
As vocalists go, few have the distinct style and panache of Anna Wise. A classic voice, soothing yet bold, a hybrid of vintage soulful groove and 2015 feminist chic. That must have been the thinking behind Kendrick Lamar’s recent decision to invite Anna to contribute on his new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ – she lent vocals to ‘Institutionalized’ and ‘These Walls’ – as well as being hugely involved in the overall creative/writing process.
Sonnymoon are, of course, much more than Anna’s voice: in Dane Orr they have a producer capable of forming something ornate and beautiful out of the simplest of beats. To listen to ‘The Courage Of Present Times’ is to glide through eeriness, Flying Lotus channeling D’Angelo while Regina Spektor watches awkwardly from the corner. The Boston duo met at The Berklee College Of Music some years ago, their classical training always apparent, but the looseness and creatively free nature of the current L.A scene will always be as key to their music as their formative years.