At turns ethereal and powerful, Moonrise Nation—releasing their debut album, Glamour Child, on July 28—create aural experiences that pulse from ear to heart. The trio of keyboardist Arden Baldinger, cellist Eva Baldinger, and guitarist Emma McCall (all share songwriting and vocal duties) hails from Oak Park, Illinois, also home to Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright. Like those kindred spirits, their storytelling begins in a very personal place, but is always sculpted into something universal. Its first single is the title track, about a toxic relationship, which has already tallied more than a halfmillion streams.
As teenagers, the Americanapop Moonrise Nation played local bars, put their music on SoundCloud, and recorded a folky, selftitled EP, produced by David Z (Prince, Etta James). It was released in 2014 by his brother, Bobby Z (a member of the Revolution, Prince’s band), who continues to serve as an artistic sounding board for the trio.
Glamour Child, Moonrise Nation’s latest album, was produced by Stephen Shirk (HearYa live sessions with Alabama Shakes and the Lumineers) and took three years to make. A vivid, sonically ambitious time capsule of the trio’s growth from teenagers to adulthood, it captures the vertiginous, Millennial highlows of selfconfidence and doubt, happiness and practicality, innocence and reality.