Monday, October 29, 2012 , Updated 8:00 a.m., October 30, 2012
Members of Fleet Foxes visit Dallas under the name Poor Moon
They will put on an intimate show at LaGrange.
DALLAS Poor Moon is the newest project from front man Christian Wargo, known for his work in Crystal Skulls and more recently the folk band Fleet Foxes. He's joined in the band by fellow Fleet Foxes member, Casey Wescott, plus brothers Ian and Peter Murray. The new band is headed to LaGrange on Tuesday, with opening act Jacob Metcalf. If you're keen on Fleet Foxes' rainy folk tunes, don't miss this upcoming set.
Their first self-titled full-length, released in August, keeps a safe but short distance from its Fleet Foxes influence, with more experimental instrumentation and tempo varieties. Wargo’s soft vocals are paired with the usual gentle harmonies heard throughout Fleet Foxes' records, but with textured instrumentation that’s sometimes hard to identify.
“One of the fun things about making this record was combining certain sounds like the vibraphone and the mandolin. They mix really well; I call it the sparkle on top,” Wargo told us. “They’re intricate melodies that sound really cool with pretty traditional instruments, in higher registers. I really enjoy making the sparkle happen with those mechanical, angular melodies that sit on top.”
Playing with unique instruments is just one of the reasons Wargo started Poor Moon. Being an avid writer, Wargo had tons of material he had written during Fleet Foxes recordings over the past few years that had never been used. He says he did try to incorporate them into the Fleet Foxes studio, but the sound and style just didn’t quite fit. The vision just wasn’t the same. So he sent it out to Wescott and the Murray brothers to see what they thought, and the rest is history.
“The music comes first when I’m writing. I can never think of it lyrically when I go into a song. I create a vibe and then a line will come to me, and I’ll think ‘Oh this seems like maybe a bridge or a chorus,’ and then I build it from there,” said Wargo. “It’s sort of a process of discovery for me. I try to follow what the music is telling me and that usually ends up showing me what’s going on inside.”
His unique writing process has paid off with the newest record; “Phantom Light” delivers a calm and quaint feeling perfect for the winter months. It carries the same Fleet Foxes harmonies we’ve come to love and a magical harpsichord to melt away any interruptions. Think of what Simon and Garfunkel might sound like if they were still making music. The throwback track “Holiday” delivers that warm sparkle Wargo mentioned using a mandolin and guitar pair for a romantic melody and whimsical tone.
Need another reason to not miss this show? Wargo says to look for even newer material and altered versions of Poor Moon tracks in concert.
“Our songs are changing in the live setting -- they become more raw and energetic. I’m excited to see where that takes us for the next round,” said Wargo. “We’re also playing some newer songs and developing them on the road.”
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