Moon King

With Secret Life, Toronto duo Moon King have crafted a raw, rapturous & emotional record documenting their ascent from an airy conceptual project into a powerful live band. Songwriter Daniel Benjamin’s androgynous voice blends in a unique pairing with the sweetness and serenity of his foil, singer/guitarist Maddy Wilde.

In 2013, Moon King, made up of songwriter Daniel Benjamin and singer/guitarist Maddy Wilde, played over 100 shows to support a pair of EPs, Obsession I and II, which were released on Fucked Up’s One Big Silence label in North America and Tough Love in UK/Europe, and immediately garnered attention from Pitchfork, Spin, NME, Dazed, Noisey and other tastemakers. After a year spent on the road, it was obvious they should capture the energy of their live show while it was still fresh. Following a performance at Iceland Airwaves, Daniel & Maddy relocated to a cottage in northern Ontario to record the album with a group of Toronto music scene luminaries, all of whom had played in various incarnations of the live band.

Most of the tracks on Secret Life were recorded live off the floor, with little except the vocals added, put to tape by live sound engineer Noah Giffin (Owen Pallett, Austra, Diana). Though only five days of recording were booked, an ice storm prevented them from leaving, resulting in an extra couple of days work. The record was then mixed in New York with Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra/Blouse.

The album’s production is more nuanced than the wall-of-sound approach of the EPs, stripping back layers of effects to reveal the vocals. Daniel’s lyrics focus on catharsis and the weight of emotional trauma, as well as dealing with the self-doubt that stands in the way of recovery. “It’s impossible / you’ve been run through with fear / love’s a landfill / just another burning spear” and the ultimatum at the climax of “Golden Age” – “all I want is to be wanted” display a kind of honest and tangible fear rarely heard in pop music. Frequent show-opener “Apocalypse” begins with the confession “somehow I feel no release when I’m alone with anyone else / somehow I fall to pieces when I wake up to nothing where you should be” and builds intensity and speed until overflowing in a rush of noise, an oddly structured pop song with no repeating sections.

There is a deep sense of loss, and longing in these songs. Moon King channel desperation and project it outwards, each song carrying with it both a weight and a sense of urgency.

Upcoming Shows


Mar
20
th
Turf Club
Mar
20
th
Turf Club
canceled

HOLY FUCK

with Moon King

Past Shows


Oct
19
th
2015
Mainroom
Oct
19
th
2015
Mainroom

Youth Lagoon

with Moon King
May
8
th
2015
7th St Entry
May
8
th
2015
7th St Entry

Doldrums

with Moon King and Tender Meat
Aug
13
th
2013
7th St Entry
Aug
13
th
2013
7th St Entry

Majical Cloudz

with Moon King
Sep
24
th
2012
7th St Entry
Sep
24
th
2012
7th St Entry

Gardens & Villa

with Moon King

More Shows

Jun
19
th
Fine Line

Flora Cash

Nov
23
rd
7th St Entry
postponed

the Pack A.D.

Dec
11
th
The Fitzgerald Theater
canceled

An Evening with
Emily King

Sep
25
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Boney James