Francis Moon is an indie-rock artist out of Sweden who just released his freshman album entitled “Onwards” last month. Reverberated strings and dreamy soundscapes meld together with perfectly concocted lyrics to produce a sound that can’t be missed. And if that’s not enough: he wrote, recorded, and produced the entire album himself. Listen to “Anchor” in this post
The song “Anchor” is an expression of the best Francis Moon has to offer on the album.
The opening of the track has a very airy, imaginative feel that gives it this exciting anticipation, as you can’t quite tell what direction the artist wants to go. The high-pitched synth that joins helps to create that build-up, and emphasizes the drop into the lyrics. While the tune does have a chorus by the technical definition of the word, it only appears twice and the artist doesn’t rely upon it to tie the work together. Instead, Francis creates a progressive story throughout the song, which I really appreciate, and isn’t seen nearly enough in the modern music of the past three years or so. The ending of “Anchor” is particularly well-done, with the chaotic layering of voices perfectly accenting the frustration in the message he is ultimately trying to deliver.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/263392610″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]
It would be nice if there was a little more instrumental definition throughout the track – it was ultimately well-composed, and the artist should let his work shine instead of hiding it behind muddled tones and poor equalization. That being said, this track is no doubt an inspiring piece of work, and Mr. Moon has every reason to brag about this one.