Limesix – Moontip Heroine

Moontip Heroine

This isn’t really a new release, but it’s one of two that Cadmium Records sent us, and the sound comes at a good time. If I had heard it in 1998 or 1999, right after it was released, perhaps the mixture of acoustic guitars and electric, the more lo-fi production, the kind of singer/songwriter meets rock feel would have sounded strange to me. Yet now, with bands like Dashboard Confessional, Rainy Day Regatta, and others in my stereo almost all the time, Limesix is the perfect accompaniment. And although the album certainly isn’t perfect, it’s downright brilliant.
Limesix is almost entirely the project of Chris Rediske, formerly of the Utah bands Kid and Loomer. He’s helped on drums by Chris Reynolds, and Rediske returns the favor on the drums for Reynold’s band, also on Cadmium, Sometime Never. The songs here almost have a bedroom recording feel which really is the charm here. The production is far from perfect, but it lends a more powerful edge to these songs. And while Rediske knows he doesn’t have the most perfect voice in the world, he’s confident enough to pull it off beautifully. The little breaks just add a more sincere feel to his songs, and that goes a long way.
Starting with the lazy, thick instrumental, appropriately titled “Lazily Westward…,” Moontip Heroine continues a more mellow yet moving feel. Notice the quiet yet almost desperate feel of “I’ll Get Back to You Later,” with its thick electric guitars that contrast the lighter feel to the vocals. Then you get the bassy guitar pick-up on “I’d Like to Try,” which gives it a rolling, rocking feel with a lighter approach. You almost get the sense the band is jamming on the folk turned up several notches feel to “Mary’s,” and you get a good dose of Rediske’s voice reaching and attaining a more emotional feel.
“Song 4 the Curious and Demanding” is probably the best track here. It takes a slower and more deliberate approach, with thicker guitars for a moodier and more honest feel. Yet while it may be the best overall track, it’s songs like the all-out “Webbed Chair” that showcase what this band is capable of. Unique production and a really rocking acoustic and electric guitar attack make this lengthy song catchy and most enjoyable. Along those lines, “Friends of the Last Days” is another all-out rocker, with just fantastic guitar. It’s these quicker, more powerful tracks that have kept this album in my car since I first got it. “Suddenly, Quickly” takes a more indie rock approach, and Rediske’s vocals actually work really well here, with a Pavement-esque feel. And finally, coming full circle, the album ends with the instrumental “…Lazily Eastward.”
If there’s one fault here, it’s likely the same thing that I listed as a plus above: the production. Many might flinch a bit at the feel here, but I’d just suggest a few more listens to let it grow on you. Limesix also may make a bit too much use of repetition, especially in the area of guitars, and while it’s likely intentional, it pulls down some of the more lengthy songs. Still, the guitar is stellar, and the emotional sincerity here makes this the brilliant release that I claimed. With one full-length under his belt as the main creative influence, I can’t wait to hear Rediske’s next work.