Moonshine Corner

Joon Moon

As 2015 was wrapping up, an unknown outfit called Joon Moon took the music world by surprise with its first single Chess. The four cuts on the Call Me EP, a beguiling mix of pop and soul, electronic music and jazz, melancholy and elegy, heralded a forthcoming album that was bound to leave a blast radius on landing.

And while the name and vibe of the project evokes a purple veloured, old-Hollywood universe, Joon Moon was borne out of a resolutely contemporary meeting of the minds – the kind the can only happen
amidst our jetsetting music scene.

After ten years of touring the world playing double bass with Marc Collin’s Nouvelle Vague ensemble, alongside excursions into house music on the Yellow Productions Art of Disco compilations, not to
mention co-producing Florent Marchet’s Bamby Galaxy album, it was time for songwriter/producer/renaissance man Julien Decoret to dedicate his heart and soul to a new challenge.

With Raphaël Chassin, (Hugh Coltman, Vanessa Paradis, Pauline Croze) on drums, helping out with the production and arrangements, and Sébastien Trouvé as sound engineer, Decoret set out on his retromodern Joon Moon mission, laying out the contours of a world where trip-hop, jazz, soul and electronic music live side by side, sharing their joys and sorrows. The only missing element was that one last bit of
magic, a voice that could take the project to ever-loftier heights.

Enter Krystle Warren. She had worked with Rufus Wainwright, and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, and had made forays into house music herself by providing vocals to two cuts off Hercules and Love Affair's, The Feast of the Broken Heart. That’s not even mentioning her own band, Krystle Warren and The Faculty – and its three albums – which display her impressive grasp of soul music, folk, blues...

Joon Moon’s first album Moonshine Corner, which stole part of its name from an Austin watering hole that had become a haunt during its first American mini-tour, is the sound of four people meeting at an unlikely
crossroads named Melancholy. Recorded using modern studio techniques along with vintage 60s and 70s instruments, Moonshine Corner places its chips on a subtly modern vibe through twelve lovelorn tracks that weave themselves around pop and trip hop, folk and soul, jazz licks and electronic washes, digging their own groove in the river bed dug by years and years of exposure to Radiohead, Neil Young, and Zero 7.

Joon Moon is also, lest we forget, a project that takes on its full magnitude on stage. The barebones live setup (drums, piano) allows Krystle’s powerful voice to fill the space, swaying from nervy to more subdued laments, hopping around tessitura in the blink of an eye. Consider the live french version of Radiohead’s I Might Be Wrong, which transports you to the fictional smoky jazz club where forgotten, old 50s star Joon Moon holds court behind the microphone.
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Tiger EP

Joon Moon

Established in the Montmartre area of Paris in 2014, Joom Moon is the meeting of House producer Julien Decoret, drummer Raphael Chassin and American expat and singer extraordinaire Krystle Warren.

The Tiger EP comes after the release of 2 critically aclaimed EP’s, “Chess” and “Call Me”.

As with their previous offerings, the band’s commitment to their retro aestetic is total. Recorded in their custom designed Studio 237 in Paris, the production relies heavily on vintage instruments such as the Radio King, a 40’s battery that has become a sought after collecting piece, or the Hofner 1968 bass that Paul McCartney made famous. On the second chorus of the title track, the unique sounds of the Cristal Baschet organ can be heard supporting Krystle’s dramatic interpretation. This use of old sounds and recording techniquesgives Joon Moon’s music a sense of timelessness, and is the basis from which the band decides to move forward, mixing in more modern influences such as a sax line that could have been written by Steve Reich or the repetitive nature of their songwritting which espouses the codes of dance music.

A timely piece from a Franco-American band about the need to question authority and the power structure of society. Tiger sees its tension build up like an onimous populist, and turns into defiance. Art and love combining in a movement towards emancipation.
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