It feels as though at times Touché Amoré‘s Jeremy Bolm and I would be best friends in music. The guy has incredible taste in music and a lot of the bands that he’s into, I am as well. he loves Nine Inch Nails, so that’s a no-brainer. With his Secret Voice label, he has been putting out some releases by some really great bands that may have gone unnoticed. It started with releasing the Single Mothers 7″ and most recently, the label’s eighth release is by Newmoon.
Newmoon hail from Belgium, a country that has produced quite a few great bands, especially hardcore and metal ones. Their debut release is the 7″ for Invitation To Hold. The music is everything that is great in this newgaze and dream pop movement that has been all over in the past two or so years. Newmoon though, set themselves apart in being a truer representation of the shoegaze and indie pop sounds from the 90’s out of the Manchester scene.
The 7″ EP is available on two colors: Opaque Pink and Opaque Yellow. Each is limited to 1,000 copies. A rather larger run than previous releases by Secret Voice.
The artwork and design were done by Nick Steinhardt of Touché Amoré. If you know some of the previous design work he has done for bands and their releases, then you know he’s very adept at making the art and design fit flawlessly with the album they accompany. The floral motif and vibrant colors that adorn the Invitation To Hold 7″ EP are a very visual representation of the music contained within and perfectly projects Newmoon‘s style of music.
In my opinion, this is the perfect band and release for anyone who loves that 90’s shoegaze and indie music but also has been getting into current bands like Whirr, Nothing, Death of Lovers, and the short-lived Center Of The Sun.
You can still snag the 7″ from the good folks of Deathwish Inc. here.
Now, to butter someone up for a test press of this 7″. Ha!