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New Moods

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The seeds of New Moods sprouted a couple years ago in small house on the outskirts of Bushwick. After hours of overhearing his housemate artist/vocalist Billy Jones (Other Passengers) feverishly writing and recording rough demos for a solo project, producer/engineer Sean Maffucci (Icewater Scandal) was quickly inspired to get involved. Having spent the better part of the last 4 years producing and engineering albums from his Junkyard studio, (Bear in Heaven, Gang Gang Dance , et al) Maffucci knew he wanted to contribute. With the help of his magical hands, he quickly laid down some beat and synth programming over an early version of the song “Dying/Trying.” Immediately upon first listen Jones and Maffucci knew they were on to something special – thus the birth of New Moods.

While not denying any genre as an influence, New York City Post-World dance rock band New Moods is constantly looking forward through hazy borders of objectivity. While never forgetting the 80′s New Wave movie soundtracks they heard growing up, the music is consistently focused on new directions in sound. Rhythmic elements sometimes reminiscent of a cross between Urban Dance and Baile Funk seamlessly mixed with catchy pseudo-pop melodic synthesizer progressions inspired by Raï and UK Acid-House. They draw the listener in with dark introspective lyrics, along with Anatolian guitar sounds seemingly flowing from the Bosporus to create a memorably dynamic sound. Whether it be physical or emotional — New Moods is moving.

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