THE BLUE MOON: Slide Down EP
By Michael Flynn
In 2007 The Blue Moon’s founding member and songwriter Anthony Pascoe formed short-lived band The Not Too Lates, who played a few gigs in Auckland. By the end of 2008 he’d moved back to his hometown Christchurch, continued to play with fellow musicians and eventually formed The Blue Moon with David Clark and Michael Summerfield – best described as a lo-fi alt band that lies somewhere between slow pop and country. There is an old adage that good things come in small packages and his might apply to this five-track EP. It’s very brief (12 min 22 secs all up) but highly enjoyable. Opening with A Lament, a song formed around a poem by Percey Shelly, one of the most romantic of the English poets, the tone is set. Dreamily drifting into Slide Down we come to the reflective Back Home, the strongest track on here for me. An element of ’60s pop next with Once Upon A Time and ending on an untitled piano piece. Yes, it’s over too soon, but remember that adage.