Album review: Moon King - Secret Life
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★★★★☆ Secret Life is the debut LP from Toronto duo Moon King, Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wilde. Combining catchy beats and melodic vocals, Secret Life is an album to be added to your summer playlists. The psychedelic and funky 'Roswell' starts proceedings, setting the album off to a punchy start, focusing on its electronic refrain whilst withholding Maddy's vocals for the first minute or so. When we are graced with the melodic vocals, though, they provide the perfect complement to track's the euphoric tone. The album's title track continues this intensity of feeling, with Maddy's vocals played down to a more husky tone that leaves the electronic elements ricocheting around your mind. 'Impossible' takes the album in a slightly different direction, with a more chilled-out and rocky vibe thanks to the stronger presence of guitars. It climaxes with a catchy chorus, with Maddy crooning "it's impossible" as it grows to an almost overwhelming intensity in combination with the track's layering of a piano and electronic beats. 'Come Back' features piercing vocals with an undercurrent that would not be out of place in a rainy film scene, creating a tone that sounds similar to Placebo's dark transformation of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill'.
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