Established in the Montmartre area of Paris in 2014, Joon Moon is the meeting of House producer Julien Decoret, drummer Raphael Chassin and American expat and singer/song writer extraordinaire Krystle Warren. Together they seek to establish their retro aestetics and politically conscious songwritting into the music scene. The Tiger EP comes after the release of 2 critically aclaimed EP’s, “Chess” and “Call Me”, and serves as another foreshadowing into their upcoming album “Moonshine Corner”, which will be released in September. After ten years of touring the world playing double bass with Marc Collin’s Nouvelle Vague ensemble, alongside excursions into house music on the Yellow Productions Art of Disco compilations, not to mention co-producing Florent Marchet’s Bamby Galaxy album, it was time for songwriter/producer/renaissance man Julien Decoret to dedicate his heart and soul to a new challenge.
With Raphaël Chassin, (Hugh Coltman, Vanessa Paradis, Pauline Croze) on drums, helping out with the production and arrangements, and Sébastien Trouvé as sound engineer, Decoret set out on his retromodern Joon Moon mission, laying out the contours of a world where trip-hop, jazz, soul and electronic music live side by side, sharing their joys and sorrows. The only missing element was that one last bit of magic, a voice that could take the project to ever-loftier heights.
Enter Krystle Warren. She had worked with Rufus Wainwright, and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, and had made forays into house music herself by providing vocals to two cuts off Hercules and Love Affair’s, The Feast of the Broken Heart.
That’s not even mentioning her own band, Krystle Warren and The Faculty – and its three albums – which display her impressive grasp of soul music, folk, blues...
As with their previous offerings, the band’s commitment to their retro aestetic is no afterthought. Recorded in their custom designed Studio 237 in Paris, the production relies heavily on vintage instruments such as the Radio King, a 40’s battery that has become a sought after collecting piece, or the Hofner 1968 bass that Paul McCartney made famous. On the second chorus of the title track, the unique sounds of the Cristal Baschet organ can be heard supporting Krystle’s dramatic interpretation. This use of old sounds and recording techniquesgives Joon Moon’s music a sense of timelessness, and is the basis from which the band decides to move forward, mixing in more modern influences such as a sax line that could have been written by Steve Reich or the repetitive nature of their songwritting which espouses the codes of dance music.
With Tiger, the band’s social concerns are brought to the forefront. A timely piece from a Franco-American band about the need to question authority and the power structure of society. Tiger sees its tension build up like an onimous populist, and turns into defiance. Art and love combining in a movement towards emancipation. Also included is a live version of fan favorite Call Me, a nostalgic song coined by Australian songwriter Phoebe Killdeer, which serves as a preview of their upcoming Fall US tour.
With more 3.000.000 streams , Joon Moon continues to unveiled new tracks waiting for the very first album « Moonshine Corner » to be released later in the year.