Under the Radar: Luna Blue

By Barry Humphreys

Brighton based Luna Blue’s approach to their musical landscape brings with it a remarkable set of influences. The sound of this band defies – in fact proudly denies – getting itself identified to any one box, trend or fad. Are they funky? Yes! Are they jazz? Yes! Are they soul? Yes! Are they rock? Yes! They cross boundaries and carve out wayward paths in territories that so many other musicians haven’t even thought to explore.

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These guys give new meanings to the words “alternative” and “indie”, but without forgetting the necessity of making their music superbly accessible for the listener. It’s not broad brush strokes on their musical canvas either, its fine detail that comes to life in audio-full-colour. They have imagination, passion, sincerity, but manage to make it look and sound easy at the same time.

Perhaps it’s no surprise to find out then that as individuals, Tom (vocals and rhythm); Ryan (lead guitar); Nick (bass); and Seb (drums), were still wearing short trousers when they started playing and listening to music. It’s fairly obvious that along the way they’ve absorbed influences to the point where they’ve made them personal, taken ownership and carefully nurtured them. It makes me wonder what remains untapped and waiting in stasis for future discovery!

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The depth of imagination is underlined by their recent appearance with a thirty-piece orchestra in Chichester, with arrangements for said players by Nick. For the time being at least, it was a one-off event and I for one am gutted that I found out about it too late to get myself there. Some small consolation for me – and you- is the promise of a forthcoming release of the recording of the event.

They’re currently working on songs to be released later in the year, but discover them now by way of 2017’s Nightjar EP. Float Away is restrained, tight, structured, thoughtful; the soulful Borrowed Words; Welcome Home casually laid-back and controlled…. But my advice would be to leave the title song, Nightjar, to the end of your introductory listen. From its very start it’s a menacing song which in parts is almost blissfully uncomfortable in the best of ways. It’s a deep dark hymn that echoes around your senses but pulls you into a drifting, shifting musical soundscape. Listen to this and walk away feeling slightly disturbed but uplifted at the same time.Then go back and listen to it all again. Luna Blue have that sort of effect. Wonderful!

Luna Blue are geared up to make a big impression this summer. They’re lined up to play the Seaside Rox Music Festival in Bognor Regis on 21st April 2018, so get along and show them some support! Meanwhile, check out their links below:

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