After a brief hiatus, I am back with my next music review. Today I am looking at last year’s Moonchild album called Voyager. This album infuses a chilled out mixture of neo-soul, jazz, lounge, electronic, and funk. The band Moonchild are starting to take off touring with bands like Hiatus Kaiyote, Robert Glasper Experiment, Esperanza Spalding, and Snarky Puppy.
The Los Angeles group consists of a core trio of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Amber Navran, multi-instrumentalist and arranger Andris Mattson, and synth player, programmer, and arranger Max Bryk. Voyager is a cool, laid back neo-soul album perfect for listening to in a low-key relaxing environment. The spacey, jazzy arrangements on this record are filled with softly strung harp chords, smooth Rhodes licks, funky bass lines, and tight drum samples. A few of my favorite moments on this album are from the songs like “Cure,” “The List,” and “Now and Then.”
Amber Navran’s silky soulful voice can be compared to Little Dragon, Amy Winehouse, Sia, Erykah Badu, or Jill Scott. This album sounds like it could have come out in the early 2000s because of its R&B and jazz-like grooves. On the other hand, it definitely has a fresh sound even listening to this album a year after its initial release.
So if you are ready to get into a couch-lock mode, or chill out with some smooth grooving tunes, give this record a listen ASAP.
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