Blood Moon EP track-by-track by Montana Sharp
- Way of the Whiffler
This is the oldest song on the listing, but also the one that took the longest time to complete in production. I found the word whiffler using a word of the day app, and
thought it encapsulated where I was at the time, where everything within and around me was in a constant state of change. We started recording this song in 2019 and I was so nervous having never sung in a professional studio before, so we did a complete re-record in late 2020 for a darker sound. I added some extra synths during lockdown last year to get that surround sound cinematic feel.
The writing process began with that rolling piano line – I really liked that feeling of momentum, and wanted the lyrics to reflect that feeling of being on the run. It was probably the quickest writing process out of any song on the EP, as well as being the most fun to perform live. Peter Maslen is playing the drums on the track, and he absolutely nailed the feel of it. Power is the diva track on the EP before we start to move to a more vulnerable place.
This song is the whole kit and caboodle and kitchen sink – I really let my imagination run bonkers and poured every bell and whistle into this track. If it were in a musical it would be the Act 1 finale. Greenhouse represents the unravelling of the ego, to reveal the layers of vulnerability underneath. It’s a direct conversation with my most inner workings of my anxious voices, but then I saw how aptly the lyrics captured the feeling of being locked inside during a pandemic.
Admittedly, I wrote this after a visit to the psychologist, and writing it was a very cathartic process. Up until that point, I was writing a lot of metaphors and similes and coding my emotions in fancy words, but in this song I really just lay it bare. In the studio, I accompanied myself on piano and did a one-take vocal. I remember feeling super crap on the day, but I think that made for a more emotional performance. We kept the production really bare in stark contrast to the other tracks, to let the lyrics speak for themselves.
- Blood Moon
This title track started with the descending piano line, and the mental image of floating through space. Something about the chord progression gave me the impression of movement and complete resolution, and I wanted to capture those feelings in the lyrics. I remember feeling absolutely euphoric when recording this in the studio, the orchestration and the story feels so euphoric. There are many series of emotions within my EP, but I wanted to leave listeners hopeful by the end of it.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Trifle, because it’s layered. As Joey from Friends would say: What’s not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Beef, GOOD!
What’s your scene?
A big bowl of mac and cheese.
Blood Moon is out February 11.