Whilst based in Perth, it’s easy to get lost in Joni in the Moon’s infinitely layered universe and wonder what planet they’re from. In an increasingly profound politically and socially-charged direction to Joni’s songwriting, she explains “Tarantella explores the process of physically exorcising emotional demons.”. The tarantella is an intense, centuries old Italian folk dance. As the folklore goes, if a villager was bitten by the infamous tarantula, they would be made dance the tarantella and drive the psychosis-causing poison from their body. The history of the dance is sometimes extended to a theory it was used for people (mostly women) who were experiencing mental illness, with the tarantula an analogy to the illness’ symptoms. On a more personal level, Joni says “the lyrics are about me dealing with my mental illness and emotional demons as a woman and my desperation in wanting to exorcise those feelings out of my mind, heart and body”.
Recorded at Damaru Studio and mixed and mastered at Crank by Lee Buddle (KUČKA, The Merindas, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu), Joni in the Moon are garnering ever increasingly diverse comparisons, including the likes of Tuung, Björk, Sarah Blasko, Flying Lotus, London Grammar, Florence & The Machine and Feist and Eurythmics.
Not just a divine studio project, on the live stage is really where ‘The Moon shines, Joni’s captivating presence breathtaking to behold and Josh’s live programming keeping their sound evolving. Joined live by renowned musicians Tara John (Schvendes, Lucy Peach) on keys, Steve Richter (Tetrafide Percussion, Taal Naan) on percussion and Ofa Fotu (Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics), they’ve been festival highlights at the Beaufort Street Festival, State Of The Art, the WAM Festival, Hidden Treasures and offbeat, whilst supporting touring acts including We Two Thieves, Mali (from Boston’s Jaggery) and Sam Buckingham. This December will see the band play the south west’s Disconnect Fesival alongside the international powerhouses Julia Holter, Father John Misty and Neon Indian.
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