ALBUM REVIEW: The Big Moon – Walking Like We Do (Fiction Records)

This second album by London-based indie four-piece The Big Moon is the long-awaited follow-up to their Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut Love In The 4th Dimension.

Where their first record was a straightforward collection of love songs, this one is more about trying to make sense of the world we live in, but as ‘difficult’ second albums go they’ve nailed it.

It sees them take a step back from the guitar-driven indie rock of their first album, towards a much more mature sound, without losing any of their charm.

My introduction to them came last year when they supported Pixies on their UK tour, and I instantly loved them (read our review here). I did wonder how they would follow a debut record which won such acclaim, but they seem to have taken it in their stride.

The Big Moon opening for Pixies at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

Opening track It’s Easy Then, the lead single, provides a gentle introduction, and it’s followed by the reflective Your Light, which vocalist Juliette Jackson says is about “the one person or thing in your life that knows how to come in and open your curtains and light up the darkness”.

It’s one of the strongest songs on the album, with Jackson’s warm voice inviting you in and persuading you to stay, with wonderful melodies and one of their catchiest tunes yet.

Why questions the longevity of love, while Don’t Think is musically sparse, but settles into a delicious groove, before soaring into 80s electro-pop territory, and big guitar riffs coming in halfway through.

The Big Moon. Pic by Pooneh Ghana.

Holy Roller cocks a snook at some of the negatives of modern life which have somehow become acceptable – payday loans, porno sites and contour kits -“I’m going to start a religion now, for all the kids with no future”.

Take A Piece is a lovely slice of shimmering ’90s pop about commitment, with Jackson promising “take a piece of me, put me on the pages of your life story, and I’ll give you everything, until there’s nothing left”.

In truth there’s not a bad song among the 11 on offer, and The Big Moon are a band who are really growing on me, as I find something different to like about this album every time I listen to it.

It’s a lovely listen from start to finish, best experienced to late at night, relaxing with a loved one and sharing a bottle of something nice. 7/10.

The Big Moon. Pic: Pooneh Ghana.

The Big Moon hit the road in support of Bombay Bicycle Club in January and February 2020. The full list of dates includes two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Gary Welford
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