Art Moore (Members of Boy Scouts/Ezra Furman’s Band) Share Debut Single “Snowy” & Sign To ANTI-
Art Moore, a new project from Taylor Vick (best known as the songwriter behind Boy Scouts) and Ezra Furman collaborators Sam Durkes and Trevor Brooks, are announcing their signing to ANTI- and the release of their debut single “Snowy.”
What a phenomenal introduction to your new favourite band. This debut single is nothing short of flawless, packing in affection, melody and complex notes. This immersive nostalgia resonates from the lyrics and the intimate vocal harmonies that soar amongst this plentiful yet expressive landscape. The instrumentation collides to showcase this vast understanding of the depth and rich textures whilst the production values of this single leave you in awe. Art Moore has captured their impressive, enthralling energy, so clearly present from every angle of this release.
Durkes, Brooks and Vick first set out to collaborate with the intended goal of pitching their music for film and television projects. Durkes, a member of Furman’s band, had just completed work on Furman’s soundtrack for the Netflix series Sex Education and knew Brooks through his own work with Furman. The pair were already familiar with Vick, who had established herself as a prolific cult solo artist with Boy Scouts, and asked if she would be interested in assisting for their gestational soundtrack project. The idea of Art Moore, as a band, or Art Moore was still a ways away.
“We all met up at the studio, and it was never even like, ‘Let’s be a band’, that was never a thing,” recalls Durkes. “It was more like, ‘Let’s write for movies and art projects’ — let’s think of a movie scene or a photograph or still image and see if we can write some shit around it to see if we can pitch it.”
Decamping to a studio in Oakland in January 2020, it quickly became clear that the three musicians worked well together. They fell into an easy rhythm: Brooks and Durkes would work on a track from the instrumental demos they had made together, while Vick sat outside, writing melodies and lyrics. When she was done, she would come inside, lay down what she had written, and the process would repeat. The trio’s remarkable efficiency gave them confidence that they could work on something with more depth than what had been the projects initial scope.
“Four songs in, I think, after the first recording session, we realized it was going well, and it was pretty efficient,” says Brooks. “Making music with both Sam and Taylor has always been so easy. I record other artists, and it’s pretty rare to be so quickly on the same page with people. We don’t have to say much — we kind of get where each other is coming from. It happens way too easily.”
The band’s first single makes immediately clear how fruitful this collaboration has been. Vick’s gifts as a songwriter are immediately clear and her lilting melodies fit beautifully into the gentle, but richly detailed electronic backdrop composed by Durkes and Brooks. Lyrically she uncovers heartbreaking detail after heartbreaking detail in a song that she describes as being about the experience of loss.
“This song takes the perspective of a widow on a road trip, the thoughts they might have while traveling alone and having conversations as if they’re still around. Snowy is that feeling that someone is right next to you, but you know they can’t be.”
To coincide with the announce the band are also announcing a run of tour dates in support of Ezra Furman in September. Tickets are available here and full details can be found below.
Sep-12 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa w/Ezra Furman
Sep-13 Toronto, ON The Rec Room w/Ezra Furman
Sep-14 Detroit, MI The Loving Touch w/Ezra Furman
Sep-15 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre w/Ezra Furman
Sep-18 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts w/Ezra Furman
Sep-19 Providence, RI Fete Lounge w/Ezra Furman
Sep-20 Boston, MA The Sinclair w/Ezra Furman
Sep-21 New York, NY Webster Hall w/Ezra Furman