Niko Moon’s debut album has that relaxed, loving life kind of vibe to it.
The writer who began his career writing for the likes of Zac Brown Band and Rascall Flatts, teams up with his wife Anna Moon and Joshua Murty to spin these care-free stories of good times and life lessons learned. Sonically he mixes traditional country sensibilities with hip hop beats. Standout tracks for me include Way Back, a song that reminisces on his wild, younger days whilst Last Call is a cleverly written drinking song, with lyrics written in a list-song style.
Moon’s fresh take on Travis Tritt’s It’s A Great Day To Be Alive works a treat alongside his other songs such as Paradise To Me which shares a similar vibe. However, Moon demonstrates his versatility with the slightly more stripped back Without Saying A Word. The meaningful song draws influence from his father’s advice as he swoons, “it’s what you do, not what you say/learn to bend and you’ll never break/keep your word, finish what you start/fall in love with a woman’s heart.”
On the whole this record is a perfect summer soundtrack that brings a fresh approach to the country sound. It’s a phenomenal debut from the talented writer and I’m keen to hear how he explores and experiments further.