After the exhilarating psychedelic ride of their acclaimed debut, Moonchy & Tobias’s new album Atmosfereis more subdued and subtly intoxicating. Multi-instrumentalist Todd Tobias crafted a series of bright, labyrinthine soundscapes within which vocalist Pat Moonchy luxuriantly weaves. While the songs on their debut were sung in an imaginary language, here Moonchy sings in her native Italian. Atmosfere feels like a sun-dappled morning after Moonchy & Tobias’s intoxicating dark night of the soul. It’s the perfect companion – but also a succinct and compelling stand-alone that is as beautiful as it is mysterious.
Moonchy & Tobias are Italian vocalist Pat Moonchy and American instrumentalist Todd Tobias. Moonchy is one-half of the experimental band Sothiac, plays in duos alongside trombonist Angelo Contini and jazz drummer Lino Liguori, in the Tai-No Orchestra, and with German krautrock pioneers Faust. Ohio native Tobias is a long-time collaborator with Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices), and provided the musical backing to Pollard’s vocals in the freak-rock trio Circus Devils. Tobias has also released a series of themed instrumental albums under his own name, and a duo album with Chloe March titled Amialluma. Moonchy & Tobias released their self-titled debut album on Tiny Room Records and Hidden Shoal in 2018. Atmosfere will be released on October 18, 2019.
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