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There is so much great music being recorded and released, but there have been only a handful of albums and songs that have truly blew my mind and made me go “Wow” at first listen. Joon Moon has done this with their debut EP, Chess, where I found myself hitting repeat again and again and again.

The combination of the soulful and crushing vocals of Krystle Warren and the delicate yet cinematic production of the enigmatic Julien Decoret (Nouvelle Vague, Accident in Paradise) has resulted in an astonishingly, gorgeous album. It starts off with “Apple Day”, which is one of the best songs of the year – a striking, brooding track that mixes the haunting spells of Sade, the tender smokiness of Adele, and the emotional pacing heard on Dev Hynes’ (Blood Orange) music. Breathtakingly beautiful.

“Help Me”, meanwhile, is a driving, more upbeat number yet retains the band’s sultry and smoky vibe. The mix of soul, acid jazz, and symphonic pop, particularly, shines through. The title track, “Chess”, lies somewhere in between these two songs – a mid-tempo, lush number that is brilliantly paced, rising and falling with dramatic fashion. The song is the fusion of the ethereal ambient of Rhye and the unforgettable vocals of Katrina Ford of under-rated synth-pop group Celebration.

Chess may only have three songs and alternate versions of two of them, but it’s an EP that will resonate for the rest of the year and well beyond. If another band has created an album as striking and stunning as Joon Moon has, I have yet to hear it. Expectations for the band’s next project have soared.

In addition to Krystle Warren and Julien Decoret, Joon Moon comprises of Raphael Chassin and Sébastien Trouvé.

Purchase the album on iTunes (US/CAN/UK) and Amazon (US/UK).

Facebook – Joon Moon
Twitter – @JoonMoonMusic
Instagram – @krystlewarrenofficial

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