Lisa Conway's last release as L CON -- currently a trio with the addition of Andrew Collins and Mary Wood -- was The Ballads Reimagined, which came out just a year after she first debuted under her solo moniker with The Ballad Project. The record was essentially a minimalist reinterpretation of its predecessor, where the grandeur of an orchestra was eschewed for barer compositions that consisted only of strings, vocals, and a drum machine.
Listening to "The Distance Of The Moon," from the upcoming Italo Calvino-inspired LP, Moon Milk, it's hard not to be reminded of the sparsity of The Ballads Reimagined. But Conway's echoing falsetto along with the drawn out instrumental croons sets a timbre that while hush, feels expansive at the same time.
It’s not just about how well the band pulls off the less-is-more approach, though; it’s also about the range of impressions they’re able to cast on listeners from beginning to end without ever having to disturb the track’s lull.
"The Distance Of The Moon" is tranquil, but it’s never just that; it’s also haunting, cosmic, meditative, desolate, and even romantic with the outro’s serenading sax solo. If this is a taste of what L CON’s Bandcamp bio calls "traditional moon music," then it’s going to be real interesting to see what the rest of Moon Milk has to offer.