Vintage-inspired Philly rock band Crazy Moon got our attention with its debut single, “The Letter,” back in July. It’s hard to top such a powerhouse single, but Crazy Moon equally wowed us with its debut full-length, Sights on a Sunless Sea, released online this week.
This doesn’t sound like a debut album, but a fifth or sixth album from a veteran band. The album has twelve extremely distinct tracks — each one has its own identity. Some are straight-up rock, others have a hint of psychedelic to them, a couple are completely dance rock and then there are the blues-rock anthems like “The Letter.”
Without a doubt, “The Letter” is still the star of the album. Don’t get me wrong, the whole album is a hit, but it’s almost impossible to top a song like “The Letter.” If Sights on a Sunless Sea were a movie, “The Letter” would be the Oscar-winning lead actor and the other eleven tracks would be the lesser-known, but still fantastic, supporting cast.
The title track is the only one that comes close to topping “The Letter.” Opening the album, it does its job of drawing the listener in right away. A lot of that credit has to go to lead singer Tom McDermott. His voice is soulful and his vocal range is impressive.
The album’s closing track, “Everywhere For Two,” is the perfect way to end it. It’s a slower, quieter track with a fading melody that wraps up the album. It’s like sailing on calm waves. Sights on a Sunless Sea has a little bit of everything to it and as far as debut albums go, this one will definitely leave you wanting more from Crazy Moon.
Sights on a Sunless Sea is available for download now through Crazy Moon’s Bandcamp; listen to the entire album below, and catch the band’s album release party at The Grape Room on October 3rd. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.