New Moon Leans Into Thick Layers Of Guitars For ‘Temporary Light’

[Cover photo credit to Nikita Krestovskiy, 2023]

Newmoon is a Shoegaze band hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, who craft atmospheric soundscapes with emotive lyrics. With two albums and a 7” EP already out, the band continues to blend Shoegaze, Post Punk and Alternative Rock elements.

The band will release new album Temporary Light on March 22, 2024 via PIAS Recordings (EU) and Manifesto Entertainment (US), a new imprint label under the Quiet Panic umbrella. The album’s first single “Fading Phase” is out now.

Of the album’s first single, the band says:

While writing this album Bert got a new guitar. It was an older Rickebacker from the 90’s with loads of wear and tear on it already. Definitely a guitar that had been loved by an older guitar player before he got it. The main riff of “Fading Phase” was the first thing he wrote on that guitar and after that the whole song just kind of wrote itself. Definitely one of those moments where everything just falls into place.

Joined by new drummer, Conor Dawson, Temporary Light marks a new chapter in Newmoon’s evolution.

After a more melodic approach on their previous release, Newmoon returns to an “abrasive, dreamy and ethereal sound” for Temporary Light.

Bert Cannaerts comments:

Thick layers of guitars always felt natural to us, and are kind of our main thing. We wanted to explore some ideas that have been in the back of our mind ever since we started this band. As soon as we let go of trying to write a specific type of album, the songs grew organically and everything just clicked.

Having previously worked with Newmoon, Thomas Valkiers recorded Temporary Light. Additionally, Simon Scott of Slowdive is responsible for mastering.

For the cover art, the band contacted Brussels-based American painter Janise Yntema.

Cannaerts adds:

When we saw her painting everything just clicked. We were immediately drawn to it and it felt like it fit the theme of the album so well. We got her permission right as we went into the studio so it also gave us some form of visual reference while recording. The original painting is from 2019 and is titled ‘Morning Sky’.