When a new duo comes along formed from members of two bands that are well know, then the opening of a review is fairly easy. Talk about the members, talk about their bands, say what they're contributing from each. I shall try to avoid that and consider Supermoon as a stand-alone unit. They are Hannah Elizabeth (fiddle and vocals) and Griff Jameson (guitar and vocals) and as a duo they work very well together; there's lots to like on this EP.
The opening track, "You'll Never Know" is not the well know version but the most upbeat song on the EP, opening with Griff's guitar and Hannah's violin combining to give a folk base with pop overtones. The two voices combine well in this poetic love song.
Track two, "To Mend A Broken Heart", slows down to a ballad on that other great theme of music, the lost love that could have been. The mix is different on this track with the primary elements being Griff's voice and Hannah's violin to the fore.
The changes are rung again on track three, "Times Takes Time". This time Hannah's voice, simply accompanied by Griff's guitar and backing vocal, takes the lead on another ballad. This a beautiful song that suits this tale of trying to start again in a relationship where both seem to want the same thing but it might be easier to just let go. Based on the sleeve notes Hannah provides her own backing harmonies and they sound very good.
The final track is a cover of Guns 'n Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine" and works very well. This is the track that shows they are a true duo with both voices and instruments weaving around each other in a stripped back version that still retains it's rock roots.
Supermoon have worked out exactly what an EP is for and have chosen their tracks judiciously to showcase their obviously impressive talents as musicians, which won't come as a surprise to anyone who seen them in the past. Of course, both members of the duo are better known in existing outfits; Griff with Fred's House and Hannah with Said The Maiden.
Interestingly, this started out as a solo project for Griff yet the pair soon discovered they were creating a sound that was more than just the sum of its parts, as all good duos should be. There is s synergy and difference to anything they have done before in their other roles. It's an exciting collaboration, one that deserves to well and prosper. On the evidence of this EP, currently only available at live shows, Supermoon will continue to shine brightly in the future.
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