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Niagara Moon - 'Who Needs Who'

by Thomas Bedward March 14, 2022

Niagara Moon - 'Who Needs Who'

A gorgeous new track that celebrates the empowerment and self-ownership of the Great Resignation, Niagara Moon's 'Who Needs Who' is an anthem of self-love filled with upbeat strings, sparkling soundscapes, and warm vocals.

It all began when Niagara Moon’s alter ego Thomas Erwin was having trouble getting to sleep again. It was like back when they were a child, having watched that scene from Brave Little Toaster (you know the one…) Though now, it was spurred on by the new daily reality of isolation and uncertainty. However, Thomas also remembered a secret sleep-aid technique that had worked wonders back in those days.

When you find yourself late at night worrying about nightmares, the future, or just simply have a case of Sunday Scaries, imagine in your mind’s eye - in big puffy friendly letters, much like those on the album cover - the words “Good Dreams” beaming back at you.

This theme of “mind over matter” appears often over the course of the album’s twelve songs. After a few years struggling to find their sound with a more conventional arrangement, Niagara Moon embraced the electronic orchestra living inside their Mac Mini. As such, his upcoming album 'Good Dreams' became an baroque technicolor storybook of sound, and a welcome escape from the more challenging moments of the last couple years.

While the music remains bright and fantastical, the lyrics tackle some darker concerns head-on. The Divine Comedy-esque 'Hindsight' laments on the gradual loss of youth and freedom. 'Boxed In' is a foreboding ode to the constriction and claustrophobia of the pandemic era. Similarly, 'Bad Vibes' addresses the growing trends of paranoia and misinformation.

Fortunately, the tone balances out with other tracks like 'Who Needs Who?', a celebration of empowerment and self-ownership in the age of the Great Resignation. 'That’s News To Me' explores the power of love and vulnerability, and 'Surprise For You' was even written as a marriage proposal to Thomas’s partner Huimin, whose ethereal vocal harmonies are also present on half of the songs.

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