Dan Barrett—the man behindHave A Nice Life,Giles Corey, andEnemies List Home Recordings—has unveiled details for his sophomore album as the electronic projectBlack Wing. Due out December 11th onThe Flenser,No Moonis a gorgeous chillwave/post-punk record with nine bleak yet blissful songs and is a fitting close out to the year 2020.
Written over the course of the last few years, with about half of the songs penned over the last six months (mostly due to pandemic “free time”),No Moonis a heart-wrenchingly honest outpour of emotion. Throughout the writing process,Barrettwas having recurring dreams and felt a strange sense of timelessness—that, combined with quarantine is what he simply describes as “a weird experience.”Barrettexplains, “Quarantine was profoundly isolating. With writing this record, more than anything I just wanted to prove to myself that I could make something out of it. That ended up being a lot of songs about feeling isolated, a lot of ‘trapped in my own head’ moments. I think that was a lot of people’s experience as well.”
BarrettformedBlack Wingin the mid-2010’s as an opposite to his projectGiles Corey; where Giles started as ‘only acoustic instruments allowed,’Black Wingstarted with only digital instruments. In 2015,Black Wingreleased its first proper full length,…Is Doomed, to great critical acclaim. Much like that album,No Moonbubbles with electronica and indie-pop with earworm melodies and affecting lyrics. ButNo Moonis a transitional change fromBlack Wing’s debut; the songs here are a bit more experimental and there’s a significantly wider emotional range to them. The lyrics are haunting and personal and resonate deeply with the listener.
The nine new tracks on No Moon are gloomy yet glorious, heavy while ambient, overwhelming yet alluring, and offer an earnest and honest look into ones self during such a troubling and confusing year — something we all can relate to. Look for No Moon to be available on December 11th as a three-sided 2xLP, CD, and cassette tape.