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Where The Love Has Died

by Moonlife

A blend of electronic pop that takes it's inspiration from 80's New Wave (Gary Numan, Ultravox), 70's Prog Rock (Genesis, ELO), 60's Pop (Beatles, Monkees), 90's Ambient (Enigma), and 00's Electro (Mylo, Moby).
Genre: Electronic: Synthpop
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1. Where Were You
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2. The Lovehaters
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3. I Didn't Know What I Had
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4. Fjord
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5. Is Something Wrong?
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6. Not Now
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7. Sail Away
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8. You Take It Away
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9. Lonely Departure
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10. Swan Song (Kiss The Curtain)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Where The Love Has Died" is the third full-length release by electronic pop duo Moonlife. On this release the band stay true to their roots mingling catchy techno-pop feel-good dance tracks and moody electronic laments but also reach out into new territory which seems to capture both retro-cool Prog Rock (ELO, Led Zepplin, Genesis) and modern electro (Mylo, Moby, Goldfrapp, Postal Service).

The album starts with "Where Were You", a classic electronic mid-tempo lament with pounding drums, staccato bass, and glittering synths.

"The Lovehaters" tells the tale of jealousy and backstabbing over an ambient soundscape that sounds like the X-Files meets Ultra-era Depeche Mode.

Up next is "I Didn't Know What I Had" which merges a techno-pop dance beat with crashing power chords to deliver a catchy electro-rock song that New Order would be proud call their own.

With "Fjord" the band deliver a Prog Rock influenced electro-orchestral piece that captures the spirit of Zepplin within the drum machine shackles of Ultravox.

The major news items of the past couple of years have left their mark on Moonlife as they comment on politics, healthcare, religion, homeland security, polution, and spam in the catchy and provocative "Is Something Wrong?".

Next comes a beautiful slice of orchestral electronica in the shape of the love song "Not Now". Sweeping strings and tickled synths bring a Vangelis-like feel to this ballad.

"Sail Away" takes us on an epic introspective journey between calm lonely drifting and stormy crashing waves. Majestic choruses and shipwrecked hooks will have you hitting the "repeat" button on your mp3 player.

Just when you think they can't squeeze any more "catchy" in to the album "You Take It Away" begins it's relentless electro-fused beat and launches into a synth drenched chorus. Bleepy hooks and zippy solos bring the New Wave revival firmly into 2006, leaving us to believe that Moonlife may well be the illegitimate offspring of Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder.

Next it's time to chill out with the Enigma-like "Lonely Departure". An ambient interlude that weaves a haunting melody.

The album closes with the aptly named "Swan Song" which begins it's life as a lilting downtempo farewell and builds to a climactic anthem full of yearning and sweet sorrow. An orchestral crescendo overlays a synthesized hook that seems inspired by equal parts ELO and the Thompson Twins.

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DJ E.O.

Subtle and mature-sounding.
MOONLIFE “Where The Love Has Died” 5/17/06
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Bay Area Synthpop heroes Moonlife are back with their third release. Now a duo, Moonlife present us with their most subtle and mature-sounding release to date. There are a few more “moody” tracks here, with a few more midtempo and slower songs than in the past. The songwriting quality remains high, as you’d expect from Moonlife. Also, production is excellent, one of the best-produced discs by a local band that I have ever heard.

This CD is definitely worth spinning, so, play this CD!

E.O.
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Synthpop.NET

The best Moonlife album so far...
This is the third album for Moonlife, and the first for the band as a duo, as Cassandra is no longer listed as a member of the band. Perhaps as a reflection of the departure of Cassandra, the songs on this album have a darker and more moody cast to them than the previous album.

The more moody side of Moonlife works really well, though. The combination of the delicate and catchy analog synths and sharply emotional lyrics yeild a album chock-full of songs you'll find yourself going back to again and again. "Where Were You" in my head had a hard time distinguishing itself from Erasure's "When I Needed You", but manages the task well. Similarly catchy and touching, but very distinctive at the same time. The track "The Lovehaters" sounds like it could have been written by M. Gore during the "Ultra" period, lyrically, but the musical tone of the track banishes any other DM comparisions. Full of deeply resonating synth bass, this track is striking in it's simplicity.

"I Didn't Know What I Had" is, simply put, a old-school dancable synthpop hit, begging to be remade in a extended club mix. "Is Something Wrong?" is the band's thoughts on the state of the world today, compressed and presented in a very catchy 4 & 1/2 minute song, touching on religion, politics, the environment, and even SPAM. The track is written in such a way that even if it does step on your toes, it does so evenly, dishing out criticism equally.

"Not Now" is simply a beautiful ballad, and the later instrumental "Lonely Departure" seems tailor-made for following this track. That's not to overlook the two tracks in between, as "Sail Away" is a very solid mid-tempo track and "You Take It Away" is a enjoyable dancier track. "Swan Song" makes for a excellent closing track, both giving a strong sense of completion to the album while also hooking you in and leaving you wanting more.

Basically, this is far and away the best Moonlife album so far, and an excellent addition to any synthpop (or pop) fan's collection. Highly recommended!!

- Jason Baker
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