Songs From The Moon – 3773 – First Stop Friday

Can’t believe we’re already talking about April!

One-third of our way through 2012 – it’s time, then, for the fourth installment of our First-Stop-Fridays’ Live Local Music Series.

Here’s a sampling of this week’s pairing – singer/songwriter Elle Sawa has been writing and performing for more than seven years, (recently while fronting a band, The Fonts, and currently, under her new moniker, 3773). Through a number of releases, physical, and online, she’s honed her lo-fi ballads, altogether brooding and beautiful, drawing upon the hazily ponderousness and raspy catharsis of an Elliott Smith-esque brew, but also singeing the song’s frame with darker, shoegaze-tinged sensibilities of a more avant-garde nature.

Her latest, “To Stay,” started streaming last month:

Stream/listen: 3773- “To Stay”

And then, Songs From The Moon – who are just about 18-months into their maiden voyage – born from the brain of singer/songwriter Jon Berz, and currently, fully realized as a collaborative quartet with: Ed Sertage, Ryan Looney, Shaun Wisniewski – they’ve gone all around from ambient/improvisational re-imaginings of jazz and post-rock, to a jangled-up, sun-soaked pop aesthetic, and, more recently, diving deep into the grimy shock-and-tumble of punk rock (with their Get To Know Mine EP). They were recently written up in both Ferndale’s 115 – and the Detroit News.

This is the kind of band that can make you fall in love with music, (again?) – by dint of their sheer enthusiasm and energy. They played a Block Party that I was hosting last summer, near 9 Mile and charmed a crowd of more than 60 who had never even heard their songs before – let alone, even heard of them… To this day, my neighbors still ask me: “Hey, Jeff, really dug that one band you brought around… something-something-The Moon?”

Get To KnowThem.

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