2 a.m. Orchestra – Man On the Moon

Posted: April 19, 2014 in Indie Pop Music
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This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40” (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “Man On the Moon” (2 a.m. Orchestra, from 2 a.m. Orchestra (2001))

Genre:  Alternative Pop

Review:  TuneTraveller digs into the vault for this wonderful number off of 2 a.m. Orchestra’s 2001 eponymous release.  “Man On the Moon” (as does the entire album) captures, in a sense, the zeitgeist of the new millenium, accurately depicting the hopeful uncertainty at the turn of the century.  The song isn’t intended to be a literal interpretation or re-telling of the myth or tradition of the “man in the moon,” but rather asserts the importance and healing power of music.  Well, that’s one interpretation and TuneTraveller thinks Mr. Kelley would likely dissent.  What’s not up for debate, however, is that “Man On the Moon” is, undoubtedly, one of the most interesting and emotive pop songs you’re likely to hear.  The song is, at turns, symphonic, theatrical and uplifting.  Seriously, do yourself a favor by checking out “Man On the Moon,” then the entirety of 2 a.m. Orchestra and then move forward through the band’s subsequent releases.  You won’t be disappointed because, after all, it’s very difficult to be disappointed with greatness.  Rating: 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  2 a.m. Orchestra is an Auckland, NZ-based indie rock and alternative pop band.

Song available on:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/2amorchestra, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001490GJG/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk7 and https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/2-a.m.-orchestra/id5004265.

Artist Pedigree:  2 a.m. Orchestra is the brainchild of David Kelley, a transplanted Californian living in New Zealand and the only constant member of the band since its inception in 2000. Other members of the band have had an on-again, off-again relationship; however, the current line-up consists of the following: David Kelley (vocals, guitar and keys), Tim Gittens (guitar), Andy Smith (lead guitar) and Chris Dawson (bass).  Tim Bern (bass, keys, sax) is a frequent contributor.

Artist Releases:  2 a.m. Orchestra (2001), Impermanence (2005), Fire Escape – EP (2010), Heads & Tails – Single (2012), Live at Lopdell House Theater (2013), Ain’t Got the Fight – Single (2013) and Working to Divide (2013).

Artist Web Site:  http://2amorchestra.com/.

Web Presence:  https://www.facebook.com/2amorchestra, https://twitter.com/2amorchestra and http://www.reverbnation.com/2amorchestra.

Video:  None.

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

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