By Katherine Robertson
Moonlight Breakfast is a trio hailing from Romania but are now currently making music in Vienna, Austria. The three, Bazooka, Adita and vocalist Christie, have been putting out music since 2014 with their first full length album called Shout in September of that year. Affection melds different influences and sounds to create a spectacular album for fans of electronic that are looking for something a little off the beaten path.
Affection has a cohesive sound; it’s an album filled up upbeat tunes and lots of synth. However, each song sounds distinctively different from the next. With each passing song, you get a sound or a feeling that differs from the one before it. The sounds of this album range from upbeat and electronic, to a little 80s influenced, to a song straight out of a coming of age movie; there’s a song on here for everyone.
My favorite category of songs you’ll find on this record are what I like to call coming of age songs. I have a huge soft spot for movies like “Edge of Seventeen” and “Lady Bird”. In these movies there’s that one scene, usually where the best song on the soundtrack is played. On Affection songs like the title track “Affection”, “The Case Where I Find Love” and my favorite track, “Look Up” all give me the feeling of late nights and car rides. There’s something magical about these tracks and it evokes a feeling that I can only describe as coming of age.
Affection as a whole gives me 80s vibes. Lots of synth and catchy beats reminds me of the golden age of new wave and the trio gets this aspect of their sound just right. Actually, this 80s influence is heard throughout their past releases as well like their title track from their last record Time and “Still” from their first record Shout, but this is the first where it is the main influence.
Coupled with other influences like disco and other modern artists it creates a unique sound that I haven’t found elsewhere. “Feel It Too” reminds me of “Noise Pollution” from Portugal. The Man with the common factor of voice distortion. While the single from this album, “Summer” sounds as if Lykke Li was an 80s popstar. But it’s not all mixes of past and present, both “I Got You” and “I’m Not Giving Up” sound pure 80s.
The third LP from Moonlight Breakfast does not disappoint in the slightest, if anything it’s my favorite release of theirs after listening to the rest of their discography. There aren’t many tracks I skip and as a whole is a fantastic album that keeps the listener on their toes. I normally wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of electronic music – I tend to go towards rap, pop, or indie rock – but this will be an album I keep in my rotation.