Don't you think that The Stand is over-rated... I was very disappointed with the ending.
MONOLOGUE (Fri 13th Oct 2023)
I just realized it's Friday 13th, so it must be the best day to update this best-kept-secret of the internet webpage slash a way to save money on a therapy. You must have noticed, I am not a writer, but there's a high chance you are not a writer yourself, so let's endure.
Pale Moon had been existing for a while, we started by calling ourselves Archive 1998 for no particular reason, (which could have been much cooler), but we settled on the most "grey couch" name in retrospective I can think of. The original tone of the music was mellow partially because of Icelandic weather and my lack of vocal talents. You can try and find proofs of my claims, because they are easily googlebable. This original challenge to perform a vocal part to best of my abilities pushed me into more chilled restricted manner and "lemon street" album ended up sounding composed. The whole time we were working on that record, I have been battling an imposter syndrome.
Nevertheless, I bravely went through another year of self-doubt and procrastination and wrote bunch of new songs. I am honestly confused of the inner collision, knowing of your own flaws and still gathering strength to continue. There's just enough curiosity in me to last another century. I need to know where it leads me and the process of writing songs is something that would not stop to fascinate me, the same reason I like chess or oil painting. There's a control field and you are the creator.
When we started, I felt more like a visitor. We went on rehearsals and I stood there feeling a distance between me and somebody, who earned their place. Vigorous practice, years or performance and studies that formed THE MUSICIAN made me feel small and weak, but still determined to learn. Next album we are preparing is something entirely different to me, because I started to feel a ground under my feet. I still suck, don't get me wrong, but I suck less.
Just in few days we release Spaghetti... very much delayed and I don't want to point fingers, but hey... What's up with these industry men? How I hate men, who likes to talk. That's the topic of my next album by the way.
Anyway, I am glad you are here and you read, because I LOVE people who reads. If we ever meet, please, come and say hi, because I have a feeling it will be a good conversation.
So, yeah... Back to the sales pitch. Spaghetti. New single, not a recipe this time. 20th of October 2023!
PROLOGUE (7 month earlier)
So since not many ppl land on this page I wanted to give you a personal treat. I mean, you are special to me... and I am not trying to flirt, but I am still trying to figure out what to do with my existence and I am not trying to be some kind of an indie star, but maybe a lamp, a light bulb, maybe a flashlight on your smashed iphone. Ok, don't want to get you bored with semantics. So this new song we have called Dopamine is really silly and kind of zippi song, I almost didn't want to release it, but just few days before going to studio (which was a new experience to me) I asked Ari if we can make it sound like Alice Phoebe Lou. This is something artists don't want to tell you, haha, but I am honest, because you want a hot gossip. Anyway, it didn't end up sounding like Alice, who I admire a lot. We just tried to give it a bit of different energy and it worked. It started with a poem actually. Are you still there?
Isn't funny... So here you are reading my blubber, but also I am writing it right now and you don't exist yet. I am having an imaginary conversation with you, more of a monologue, but still. it's like we are having a moment, but not really...
So back to that story... So the song was about me working in my studio and losing a concentration. I noticed how my stress levels rose each time I picked up my phone in a search for some dose of dopamine. Isn't it so satisfying to get a nice e-mail? Good, solid, beautiful human e-mail or a good proper dm. So I was trying to write about the controversial feelings around technology, as much as I want it, I hate it and love it and despise it.
We recorded it close to Girona, a small DIY super cozy studio Ground and we had a bunch of super talented ppl with us. I still can't believe they would come and spent their time on smth that I've written. Humble, right? So if you have any time, check Ari Árelius who played electric guitar on new recordings, Hreidar Mar on drums, also bassist Oriol and his project Azul (sooo good!!!), also Pol who played also drums and congas for us. He's playing with Marialuisa band from here, Catalunya and it's also insanely good. Also, my hugs fly to Panxi who was a recording engineer for Dopamine and mixing engineer.
Ok, I hope you enjoyed a dose of Dopamine and some of my blubber. I know it's a lot of symbols, but I have a feeling you are the kind of person, who likes to read, so we are on the same page here... =) just two floating souls in this crazy universe trying to connect.
Your (dark haired) Nata
Pale Moon is a project of two, Árni Gudjonsson and Nata Sushchenko. Influenced by Billy Joel, David Bowie and Beach Boys, the result of their musical collaboration lay somewhere between Mac DeMarco, bla-bla, bla... The Shins and filled with smooth indie sound. Their latest releases include dreamy single “Happier” and also upbeat “Strange Days”, both came out this year accompanied by music videos.
Árni and Nata have a special charm. Indeed, Árni is proficient on all the instruments and Nata writes the lyrics in English, even though her first language is Russian. They formed band just for fun while living in Reykjavik, but slowly saw the potential of their songs. After 30+ demoes and long recording sessions in the exile of small town in Spain they have finished an LP waiting for its release later this year. Meanwhile the band is gathering the fans, playing festivals and concerts around Spain, where they are represented by AU! Records.