I’ve only helped crowdfund two things in my life. I’m happy to say I picked a winning horse in both cases, the second being Jacob Moon’s new CD called Under A Setting Sun.
Although Moon is certainly a stunningly good musician, and his voice could be described as “angelic”, it’s his songwriting that really sets him apart. Each song on the EP has a different flavour. That being the case, they all share a certain light, an uplifting feeling that just makes you feel better after a listen.
The opening track “Live A Little” feels like a morning sunrise, with gently picked acoustics ringing clear, and a hint of slide shining from the shadows. “Today we’re going to leave all those cares behind, and live a little” sings Moon, asking us to look at the stars above. The message here is simple but necessary. A brilliant song with a bright glow that will sound great in just about any setting. It’ll go great on the porch this summer.
The familiar crunch of an electric guitar is joined by the moan of organ on “Tennessee”, a brilliant slow ride. It has a vaguely southern feel especially when the slide guitar joins in. “And the road has got the best of me, I thought I could be free yeah, like the winds in Tennessee,” sings Jacob as a soulful backing chorus joins in. This one will sound great in the car on a country drive, guaranteed.
A unique acoustic song called “Miles To Go” has a gentle, breezy vibe. A terrific song; you could imagine Jon Bon Jovi clenching his fists in jealousy that he didn’t write it. It sounds in the pocket of mid-90s Bon Jovi when they weren’t afraid of getting a little more laid back on These Days. The track sounds more lush as it goes, building to a nice resolution at the end.
If you’ve got the guts to call a tune the “Song That Won’t Leave You Alone”, it had better be catchy! It’s actually about the creative process, but the title demands an actual song that won’t leave you alone. The lyrics are fascinating but the chorus is really fantastic. Great guitar work on this one as well, an absolute gem of a song.
“A Little More Time” is a quiet ballad, but backed with a strong drum beat. The chorus is perfect. Once again, a certain Mr. Jovi might be gnashing his teeth that he didn’t come up with this one, but that’s just pure speculation. He couldn’t sing it like Moon does anyway.
The title track ends the album with a string-coated song that brings the vibe of the album full circle. If “Live A Little” sounded like morning, then “Under A Setting Sun” brings the day to a close. Whether that’s intentional or not, that’s one interpretation if you like. Regardless, “Under A Setting Sun” wears an understated strength on its sleeve, based on the rhythm of the acoustic guitar. The strings raise it to the clouds, dreamy and powerful.
2022 has been a year for strong releases already. Add the name Jacob Moon to your list of must-hears.