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Catherine Moon EP

by Catherine Moon

Best described as Alternative Folk Rock, it si music that ranges from ethereal dreaminess to hard edged soul.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweetest Wine
4:15 album only
2. Reconciliation
3:55 album only
3. Higher Power
4:24 album only
4. Everything
4:17 album only


Album Notes
Catherine Moon is a songwriter that bends traditions and creates music intuitively. As a self-taught guitarist with a background of classical and jazz vocal training, Moon has cultivated a style of song writing that is striking and diverse. She combines a moody guitar sound with poetic lyrics, sung in a voice overflowing with raw emotion and sensuality.

"Catherine Moon veers from ethereal dreaminess to hard-edged soul. Beneath her surface fragility lies a strength of will, an honesty, and a refusal to be anyone's Madonna, scapegoat or rag doll. She writes and sings a passionate gospel for a church I wish I belonged to." ~Hudson Current

"Her breathy, expressive quavering vocals...with her airy, hard-driving, jazz-tinged acoustic guitar ...added a searing edge to her dreamy, primal, alternative folk-rock on songs like 'Higher Power' and 'Body,' a blunt number aiming to reclaim women's sexuality with the ferocious song-ending line, 'I will not be tamed.'" ~Star Ledger

Moon's eclectic style reflects her wide range of influences and musical tastes. Free-lance music critic Joe Del Priore states, "she slides among genres as nimbly as a 14-year-old on a skateboard changes direction...Moon's versatility is immense, her impact tactile, her moods and influences far flung."

Catherine Moon studied voice at Ithaca College in New York State. Upon graduating, Moon relocated to Austin, Texas, where she devoted three years to learning to play guitar and writing music. She made her debut as a solo artist at Houston's Westheimer Arts Festival in October, 1992, but it was in the folk venues of Austin's 6th Street area where Moon polished her craft as a songwriter. At the onset of 1994, she moved back to the East Coast, to New Brunswick, NJ, and her music really began to take off. May of 1995, Catherine Moon released her debut CD, WINTER SLEEP, on her own Incantation Records. Winter Sleep received excellent reviews in The Aquarian, Jersey Beat, The Musician's Exchange, and New York's New Review of Records (to name a few). The CD also received a great deal of airplay across the Northeast on college and public radio. Other accomplishments include opening for Ani DiFranco in February of 1995, and being one of six song-writing acts (out of 100 applicants) chosen to play the New Folk Showcase at 1995's NJ Folk Festival. Moon is also the founder of the New Jersey based SHEE Collective, an organization of women songwriters, poets, and performance artists. The SHEE Collective just released their first compilation CD which is also available through CD BABY.



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A classic sound with a talented and serious vocal style
On a self-titled four song EP, Catherine Moon opens and adapts comfortably to classic rock with "Sweetest Wine," reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac with soulful wailing vocals. "Reconciliation" grooves in a laid back straight funk. "Higher Power" weaves an atmospheric aura with its flanging guitar and fretless bass work. "Everything" is the full-on rocker single. The band is solid in musicianship and she uses harmonies judiciously as she evokes themes of exploration and redemption with her lyrics. Overall, not really a party album, but a nice listen on a calm Saturday evening while sipping a warm cafe mocha and reflecting about life in general.