MP3 + VIDEO: Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters – “Lungs, Dirt & Dreams”

Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters

It likely won’t come as much of a surprise, but Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters’ sophomore full-length, Lungs, Dirt & Dreams, is my early front-runner for local album of the year. I know it’s only February and there’s a lot of potentially great music looming, but nothing I’ve heard yet comes close to matching this record’s haunting atmosphere and balance of the bleak with the beautiful. The title track serves as the perfect entryway into the album (following the 30-second instrumental opener “June 22nd, AR”) with Moon’s hypnotic whisper set against a stark guitar strum and some flourishes of psychedelic noise. On its own it would make for a chilling bit of ghostly songwriting, but when the drums finally drop and the Floydian guitar theatrics kick in, it becomes a pulsing, shimmering rocker bristling with heartbreak and tension. Give it a listen below and then head over to Moon’s Bandcamp page where you can download Lungs, Dirt & Dreams for $9.99.

As for the video, it’s a beautifully shot and cinematic work that does an excellent job of capturing the song’s black mood. Directed, edited and filmed by Allister Reynolds and assisted by Daniel Richards, the visuals gives you plenty of what you would want and expect—lots of footage of dirt and digging, along with a wild-eyed Damon Moon looking bewildered and beleaguered with his epically long and flowing beard in tow. Money.

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