Two Moons by Tom Freund on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having moved from one coast to the other (via Austin) and now calling Los Angeles home, Tom Freund has had his literate imagination stoked in so many instances that all he needs is a melody to hang his thoughts on, and he’s off. One of Graham Parker’s favorite singer/songwriters, Freund self-produced 2 Moons and includes his most matter-of-fact material to date. “Same Old S**t Different Day” appreciates the predictable weirdness of Venice Beach as openheartedly as “Angel Eyes” openly acknowledges the Southern California friends who demonstrate true friendship as an everyday no-big-deal. “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be” is an nonironic affirmation of life. As a songwriter who’s spent time in the surly Northeast, Freund’s prompted to note in “Sugar Pie” that it “doesn’t have one sarcastic line in the whole song.” The sweetly orchestrated “Happy Days Lunch Box” namechecks characters from the TV show as Freund remembers his own childhood. Musically, Freund settles on an efficient crew (drummers Michael Jerome and Michael Iveson, keyboardist Chris Joyner, and bassist John Button), who add color and pulse.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having moved from one coast to the other (via Austin) and now calling Los Angeles home, Tom Freund has had his literate imagination stoked in so many instances that all he needs is a melody to hang his thoughts on, and he’s off. One of Graham Parker’s favorite singer/songwriters, Freund self-produced 2 Moons and includes his most matter-of-fact material to date. “Same Old S**t Different Day” appreciates the predictable weirdness of Venice Beach as openheartedly as “Angel Eyes” openly acknowledges the Southern California friends who demonstrate true friendship as an everyday no-big-deal. “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be” is an nonironic affirmation of life. As a songwriter who’s spent time in the surly Northeast, Freund’s prompted to note in “Sugar Pie” that it “doesn’t have one sarcastic line in the whole song.” The sweetly orchestrated “Happy Days Lunch Box” namechecks characters from the TV show as Freund remembers his own childhood. Musically, Freund settles on an efficient crew (drummers Michael Jerome and Michael Iveson, keyboardist Chris Joyner, and bassist John Button), who add color and pulse.

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About Tom Freund

Singer/songwriter Tom Freund, whose sound has garnered comparisons to Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones, released his debut album, North American Long Weekend, in 1998. The effort featured such accomplished guests as pedal steel player Greg Leisz and jazz organist Jimmy Smith. Freund, originally from New York, attended Claremont College in California in the early '90s and performed as a duo with future star Ben Harper. The two recorded a hard-to-find vinyl-only album in 1992 called Pleasure and Pain. Shortly thereafter, Freund became the bass player for roots rock mainstays the Silos. After leaving that group, he settled in Austin, TX, for a time and composed a good portion of the songs for his debut album. Upon the release of North American Long Weekend, he participated in a songwriters-in-the-round tour that included Graham Parker and Radney Foster. Freund released his sophomore effort, Sympatico, on his own Surf Road label in 2001. ~ Erik Hage

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