Following the release of the Hot 20 single After Hours, independent Wellington songwriter and producer Josie Moon shares nostalgia-tinged electro-pop ballad Call Me, ahead of her forthcoming Rose Tinted EP release.
Josie Moon is a 21-year-old singer, songwriter and musician hailing from Wellington. Describing herself as always surrounded by music, she didn’t start making her own until 2015. Her parents caught on, offering singing lessons as a birthday present, and soon after Moon began doing everything she could to learn the craft of music. This included auditioning for the Bachelor of Commercial Music degree at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, where she's currently in her second year.
In 2016, Moon released her first EP Lone with the “fiercely relatable and self-produced and written tracks such as Teen and Rose” (Coup De Main), followed by the 2017 single Satellite. Along with a growing fanbase for her recorded music, Moon began to be booked for local festivals and support slots, notably supporting Tash Sultana at a sold out Opera House in Wellington last month.
Her third collection of songs in three years, Rose Tinted showcases Moon’s development, thanks in part to her new producing partnership with Nik Brinkman (Mitch James, Abby Wolfe, Physical). The pair consumed a summerful of music and films from across the decades, emerging with pop-culture inspiration both current and vintage. This is evident in the five songs that make up the EP, with a personal focus on creating music that’s “assertive, with production that’s interesting but also beautiful.”
I think the most important thing for me is to be sincere in my music. That’s something I’m only now becoming brave enough to be. I think I’ve gained enough confidence now that my music in the future will be able to express all aspects of who I am
The first single from the project After Hours landed on Spotify's New Music Friday AU & NZ and New Pop Sounds - hitting #9 on the NZ Viral 50 chart. It also playlisted on Apple Music's "Best of the Week". The track saw her noticed by blogs here and overseas, with Under The Radar labeling the song “a hair-swinging electronic pop anthem.”
Called the musical love child of Britney Spears and Lana Del Rey by RNZ Music, Josie Moon is unashamedly a fan of all things pop, with her own electronic twist. She's an artist who is determined to create music that speaks. Listen to Call Me and remember what it feels like to be waiting too long for someone to call you back.
Rose Tinted track listing
1. Call Me
3. Use Me (Interlude)
4. After Hours
5. 97 (Hurt)
Rose Tinted is out on Friday 31 August on digital platforms
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Released: 31 Aug 2018