Coming off two of the best albums of 2022, Fever Moon strike alt.rock gold again on new EP 'God's Heart'
On Keeper’s Park they showed their heavier, grung-ier side, while The Long Chains of Love was somewhat more introspective. On their new EP, God’s Heart, they mostly tap into the Social Distortion/Mudhoney/90s alt.rock of the former, and with similarly impressive results.
God’s Heart opens with the title track. The perfectly sludge-y guitar tones fit the vocals perfectly, and the lyrics are wonderfully opaque and psychedelic:
now sister i’m discreet
but i never felt complete
until i found this box
that now we decide we’re burning
in pen was written strong a message four lines long
out it now into song
here lies god’s heart
“Old Ghost Ruin” follows, and it’s a bit poppier, but definitely doesn’t lose the grunge-y rock edge. The guitar solo is super rad, too. The mood shifts throughout the track, slowing down a bit towards the end with an acoustic guitar interlude before a harder rock ending. It’s almost suite-y.
Things mellow out a bit with “Parasitic Symphony.” The acoustic-based track slides along effortlessly, perfect at 2:28 seconds of folk grunge. The contrast of the somewhat mellow vibe and the distorted guitars works extraordinarily well.
“Foolin'” is another acoustic track, but has a bouncier vibe, similar to some of the tracks on Keeper’s Park. The female harmonies are really cool, complimenting the gruff lead well. Great chord progression on this one, too.
Things get delightfully distorted again on “The Lost Boys,” which has as cool of an opening line as you’ll find: “there’s just no substitute for sin/you’re buying the beers so we’ll let you in.” It’s one of those classic Fever Moon alt.rock throwbacks, but of course with their own unique, modern spin.
“If I Lose” is a classic album closing track. The mellow, acoustic track has some of the best atmospherics on God’s Heart. It’s kind of like Wilco’s “The Lonely 1,” only bouncier.
As on their two 2022 releases, Fever Moon strike gold on God’s Heart. If only bands that Pitchfork fawns over were this good.