Lunar is a singer-songwriter from Boston, MA. She is currently studying music at Berklee College of Music. Her latest release “Project” is set to be her last as her studies are taking her into the business side of the music industry. “Project” was written, produced, mix and mastered by Lunar herself and serves as a way to escape from the void. The EP “Project” is available now on Spotify, Soundcloud, and iTunes. From the EP comes the single “Grey”. If you have been somewhat disillusioned with new music for quite some time and it seems that every time you find a great new release, it has been recorded by someone who has been established for many years. Well then, you can imagine the elation I felt when I heard Lunar for the first time. Lunar has a downright gorgeous voice–clear and sweet, somewhat reminiscent of that someone you just cannot remember, though you have her name on the tip of your tongue.
The instrumentation blends perfectly with her vocals, her voice soaring and then falling gently over the acoustic piano, the rumbling bass, and gentle drums. Before the backdrop switches into an almost Chiptune motif. Lunar uses music more sparingly than many other musicians and to beautiful effect.
What some would term the almost minimalistic form of his music, combined with the beauty of her lyrics is at its zenith on the track “Grey”. Perhaps what is most stunning about Lunar is her ability to cross various styles of music on a whim. She can start slow and moody, but then erupt into epic, fiery, electronically-styled pieces, sometimes all in one song.
Like many well deserving artists, Lunar probably will never get the mainstream attention she deserves, at least in the States. The majority of listeners are hardly adventurous enough to handle her cross section of creative music. Some artists write radio-friendly songs full of catchy lyrics and addictive melodies.Filled with pop beats and spot-on harmonies, they serve as a pleasant way to pass an afternoon.
Other artists challenge everything we know about music, breaking the rules and painting colorful songs with raw lyrics and heart-wrenching melodies, roughened with honesty. Lunar falls into the latter category.Lunar is one hard lady to categorize and maybe that is why I am enjoying “Grey” so much.
Its eclecticism takes it to a world of its own. I am still having a hard time trying to understand how she obtains a sound that feels very intimate yet has a sweeping scale, and I don’t remember being seduced by any other release that reveals itself a little at a time.
In a nutshell, this song (and EP) has got to be experienced first-hand to truly appreciate it. Sparse in production but so richly emotional on many layers, both lyrically and musically. This is the type of music that forces you to remember that you are alive and to take each moment, each day, and embrace it for everything that it is worth. This work is truly original and quite stunning. You’ll be utterly in awe of Lunar’s musical and life philosophy once you listen to her sounds and words closely.