“what a deliriously delightful trip into the surreal the album is” – Pilerats
“It’s pop music, certainly – but has the self-awareness that it doesn’t want to be too obvious about it.” – The Music
Melbourne psychedelic pop songsmith MOONLOVER is stoked to release the video for‘Wedding Day’ – the latest of a string of videos taken from his acclaimed debut albumThou Shall Be Free. The ‘Wedding Day’ video was animated and produced byMoonlover – aka the solo project of Quang Dinh, formerly of Little Red – himself, and was released this morning together with the announcement of four solo shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart kicking off later this month.
Watch the video for ‘Wedding Day’ here. Moonlover is touring throughout August and September, full details below.
‘Wedding Day’ stylistically pays homage to 50s pop with clean arpeggio guitars, close harmonies, Leonard Cohen-esque lyric and Beach Boys-esque flow that’s built to slow dance to. On the ‘Wedding Day’ video, Moonlover explains, “After making ‘The Ooiee’ film clip and handling the animation of the ‘Queen of Sheba’ clip, I set out to make a fully animated clip for ‘Wedding Day’. I figured DIY or die. I was inspired by the work of Lotte Reiniger, who pioneered silhouette animation. I drew some stuff, cut shapes out of cards, scanned a few things and then manipulated it and animated it.” And that he did, the visuals swimming between butterflies flying from open books, a thoughtful letter being composed, hiding from the rain and lovers kissing under wedding bells.
This will be the fifth video taken from Moonlover’s debut Thou Shall Be Free, following visual accompaniments to ‘The Ooiee’, ‘Queen of Sheba’, ‘Thou Shall be Free’ and latest ‘Lazy Daisy’. Thou Shall Be Free takes the listener on a daring journey through 10 eclectic songs born from dreams, the subconscious and Dinh's hermitic winters. It’s the kind of complete record that tells stories through the fantasy of surreal psychedelic songs across to the great reveal of romance. The entirety of the album was recorded, produced and performed by Moonlover in his personal oasis Pink Slime Studios, sharing impressive recording credits with John Lee (Lost Animal, Beaches, Emma Russack) who was on mixing duties, with mastering by Joe Carra (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Courtney Barnett, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).
Moonlover has played a plethora of shows in recent months, including supporting Angel Olsen, Saskwatch and Cloud Control, plus festival slots at Gizzfest and Changes Festival. As with any Moonlover set, audiences are taken through a cascade of batty psychedelia, midnight moon pop and water ballads led by Dinh's characteristic whimsical charm, freeblowing harmonica and untempered croon. These solo shows will seeMoonlover perform songs from his debut album, plus new and unreleased music.
MOONLOVER SOLO TOUR
Thursday, August 16 | The Dock
w/ Swansea Hit and Run
Friday, August 17 | The House Dining
Wednesday, August 22 | Junk Bar
w/ Tiarne and Jo Davie
Saturday August 25 | Some Velvet Morning
w/ Dave Western
Sunday, September 2 | Republic Bar