Sonnymoon – Golden Age

Photo by Gordie Hendrick

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me a download for a band called Sonnymoon. Not knowing anything about them but the connection of my friend, I took the free download. Golden Age is the debut record for Boston’s Sonnymoon. As trained jazz musicians from the Berklee School of Music, Dane Orr and Anna Wise have created something completely perfect. This duo uses a production sampler and Anna’s voice to loop the samples and her harmonies on the ten tracks. The farther DIY music production goes, the more projects like Sonnymoon seem to bloom. Download Sonnymoon, tell your friends and go check them out in Albany on Saturday at the Midtown Tap and Tea Room.

Dane and Anna gave me a few minutes last week from their trip to Los Angeles to talk about the band.

Ashley Saupp: Where did your band name come from?

Dane Orr: Both of us come from a Jazz background. There’s this standard tune by Sonny Rollins titled “Sonnymoon for Two.” Since the band is just the two of us, Sonnymoon seemed fitting. However there’s also the sense of balance in the name, even though it’s spelled incorrectly, there’s the whole Sun and Moon thing, and we’re opposites in a lot of ways so the name is very true to ourselves.

A.S: Are you interested in getting signed?

D.O: Of course we’re interested, but we don’t want to rush into anything. We can and will make music together regardless of whether or not we’re signed.

A.S: I read that the two of you are from opposite ends of the country, how did you guys link up for this project?

D.O: We both are students at Berklee College Of Music. Almost a year ago exactly we moved in together with a common friend and started making music.

A.S: Your album is floating around as a free download all over the web. Was that the plan?

D.O: We originally planned on releasing it for free, so we’re quite happy about it actually. We want as many people to hear our music as possible.

A.S: I have noticed the recent praise for your cover Drake’s song “Houseatlantavegas” on the record. Whose idea was it to cover this?

D.O: That was my idea originally, we sort of did it for fun because were big Drake fans, but it’s definitely helped lead a lot of people to our music, which we’re thankful for.

A.S: Dane, what was your favorite song to assemble beats for?

D.O: Probably “Run Away”, I remember having an “Aha!” moment while making that, which was a door opening for how I thought we should sound.

A.S: Anna, what was your favorite song to add vocals to?

Anna Wise: “Nursery Boys”, definitely. The intro vocals are verbatim what Dane and I sang together over the beat the first time he showed it to me, so there is an element of improvisation to what you are hearing me sing on the recording.

A.S: Lastly, what are you guys listening to?

D.O: Listening to lots of Little Dragon, Lil’ Wayne, Toro Y Moi, Flying Lotus, J*Davey, and Animal Collective.

The record went up for download at the end of December and I encourage everyone to give it a listen!

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