Melody Moon @ The Wesley Anne
Melody Moon is a name which conjures up images of delicate innocence and dimly lit scenes. This title appropriately sums up the atmosphere created by an excited young singer/songwriter who was proud to present her debut EP, Carried Away.
Introducing the evening were Tom Francis, Frankie Andrew and Tane Emia-Moore - always an enjoyable, upbeat performer; recounting tales of his latest musical trips around the country with great humour. This raised the spirits of those hiding from the cold Melbourne winter inside the snug surrounds of The Wesley Anne, enough to warmly welcome Melody and her backing band to the stage.
Whilst the performance commenced with an air of feverish nerves, it wasn’t long before Melody settled into the space, smiling to the audience as she sang her beautifully descriptive lyrics and intricate compositions.
The backing band itself featured strong harmonies which complimented her melodic phrases. This in combination with tasteful trumpet lines and confident cello arrangements created a really bright sound, which was shuffled along by tight drumming and the warmth of a double bass.
It was during the performance of the single off the EP, Carried Away, that the band really shone. This song has a steady rhythm and romantic message, reminiscent of John Lennon’s Stand By Me. Generally speaking, the songs themselves reflected the easy going, friendly manner in which the EP was recorded. Melody was extremely grateful to her many friends who helped bring together her vision. Along with some self schooling in recording techniques, they assisted her in constructing this release in the make-do studio in the back garden of a home in an inner city suburb, and I personally couldn’t think of a more fitting environment to capture this sound.
Melody had considered every aspect of the evening, even down to decorating her guitar strap with ornamental shells to match the oceanic mood of her newest song. This was greatly appreciated by an audience, who clearly enjoyed this genuine, up-lifting performance.
BY JESSICA RILEY
LOVED: Free home-made biscuits and cake at the door.
HATED: Allergic reaction to fragrant candles.
DRANK: Mulled wine.