Please excuse the Marmite cliché, but it feels apt here…
‘Destroys The Moon’ is the second release from Lady Neptune (the alter ego of London-based musician and visual artist Moema Meade) and, quite frankly, you’re either going to love it or hate it.
The bedroom-produced five-track EP is a concept record full of fuzzy punk-tinged guitar, unhinged noise digressions and soft echoey vocals. However, the vocal often sounds muffled like she’s singing underwater — also the ‘echo’ is quite emphasised in places as if she’s singing in to a traffic cone. This may be intentional, of course, and lend itself to her vision of a world of fantasy and escape.
As I listen, I’m reminded of the Lenny Kravitz album ‘Mama Said’, full of fuzzy funk rock and psychedelic soul, but particularly the song ‘Fields of Joy’ and, particularly still, track 10 — the ‘reprise’. It’s always had the feel of a filler track, although it was okay and did fit with the rest of the album, and was one that many (including myself) probably found themselves skipping after a while. Hard to imagine ‘Mama Said’ would have sold over three million copies worldwide if all songs on the album sounded like that one.
The EP ends (if you get that far) with ‘Life On Neptune’, a collection of haphazard sounds presumably meant to be transcendental and akin to those you might hear during space travel or from another planet. It’s nothing more than random noise and isn’t a joy to listen to.
Maybe I’m missing out having never been part of the culture that listened to music through drug-enhanced ears but, while there are some nice melodies to be found, it’s ultimately 30 minutes of abstract noise layered with repetitive lyrics.
‘Destroys The Moon’ was released on 24th March on the Manchester-based Icecapades label.
Words by Paula Edwards