Cabaret by Moon Taxi on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Moon Taxi's second studio album makes it clear that the Nashville quintet is comfortable growing beyond the jam-band tag it earned in its early days. This collection is diverse yet cohesive; it sees the band's jammy roots reaching out to indie folk and pop territory in unique and invigorating ways. Rippling banjos, funky keyboards, a Vocoder cameo, crowd chants (from a street demonstration), and reverbed, billowing choruses are a few of the flourishes here. Trevor Terndrup's soulful, sun-warmed vocals are more enticing than ever. There's pure gold in the funk guitar riffs and double-tracked leads on "Whiskey Sunsets," the clattering Vampire Weekend–esque polyrhythms on "Square Circles" (throwing down even more flavor with rap/reggae artist Matisyahu on board), and the bright, prog-tinged psych-rock on "Pennies." "Mercury" and "Radio" are hands-in-the-air tunes that should boom from radios and music festivals everywhere.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Moon Taxi's second studio album makes it clear that the Nashville quintet is comfortable growing beyond the jam-band tag it earned in its early days. This collection is diverse yet cohesive; it sees the band's jammy roots reaching out to indie folk and pop territory in unique and invigorating ways. Rippling banjos, funky keyboards, a Vocoder cameo, crowd chants (from a street demonstration), and reverbed, billowing choruses are a few of the flourishes here. Trevor Terndrup's soulful, sun-warmed vocals are more enticing than ever. There's pure gold in the funk guitar riffs and double-tracked leads on "Whiskey Sunsets," the clattering Vampire Weekend–esque polyrhythms on "Square Circles" (throwing down even more flavor with rap/reggae artist Matisyahu on board), and the bright, prog-tinged psych-rock on "Pennies." "Mercury" and "Radio" are hands-in-the-air tunes that should boom from radios and music festivals everywhere.

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About Moon Taxi

A five-piece jam and alternative rock outfit hailing from Nashville, Moon Taxi quickly built a local following, which soon led to a record deal with 12th South Records. Members Trevor Terndrup (vocals), Spencer Thomson (guitar), Tommy Putnam (bass), Wes Bailey (keyboards), and Tyler Ritter (drums) released their debut album, Melodica, in 2007. Their next step, logically, was to keep their audiences happy and promote their album the old-fashioned way: with many, many gigs. A concert album titled Live Ride followed in 2008, and their second proper album, Cabaret, appeared in 2012. Moon Taxi signed to BMG for distribution of their 2013 LP Mountains Beaches Cities. The album led to their songs being licensed for TV and commercials, their first appearances on U.S. late-night TV including Late Show with David Letterman, and performances at music festivals such as Bonnaroo, the Governor’s Ball, and Lollapalooza. Their fourth studio LP, Daybreaker, was released in October 2015, followed in 2016 by another live album, New Year's Eve 2015. A single in early 2017, "Two High," showcased a brighter, pop-oriented sound. ~ Chris True & Marcy Donelson

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • FORMED
    2006

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