Canadian roots duo Suzanne Levesque (double bass) and Craig Bignell (banjo, guitar, percussion) delight in two part harmonies on this set of gentle, homely songs and the eponymous song Over The Moon even finds them swinging like Tarzan and Jane.
Moondancer is a debut album of ten cowboy country tunes mostly recorded at home on the married couple's ranch in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. The record was mixed by guitarist Aaron Young who also plays on most tracks.
Half are original compositions, while the title track was written by their neighbor Ian Tyson and the covers include versions of Gillian Welch's By The Mark and Henry Hipkens' How I Learned To Sing The Blues.
As the jokey, cartoon cover image suggests, this is music designed to lighten the spirit and doesn't linger too much on the darker side of life. Turtle Mountain documents a natural disaster from 1903 but even this tragedy is rendered with a calm, fatalistic grace.
Above all, the mainly acoustic tracks exude a nostalgia for old fashioned values and a pre-technological age. For instance, The Hills Of Grey County advocates preventing the rich from exploiting a natural 'paradise' and House On The Hill praises the quiet and stillness of an idyllic home.
In short, this is an album for those who just want to curl up and enjoy some good old country comforts.
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