DEMOS (used for radio and reviews)
MY EYES WATER
[6 songs 25min]
the self-released debut from a young and inspired
duo, which finds it's way through brightening pop ("tubeblow")
to darker territories as on the title track and "anaestehic
coma". A band trying to convince every one around of it's
brilliance. the only recordings made (yet) to not be engineered/produced
by the moonbabies themselves.
highlights: tremolo arm sway and blue
songs 27 min] August 1997
hey popsy was recorded in a semi-pro studio
located in malmo, but the home-recorded songs such as "over
my head" and "sloshed" pretty much overglanced
the hi-fidelity of the studiorecordings. the tape got great reviews
in swedish magazines and the moonbabies anthem "a brand
new coat" got it's fair share of radio-airplay.
Highlights: a brand new coat, epileptic (an early
acoustic version) and over my head
MOONSONGS & DRONES
songs 18 min] December 1997
the first of the demos with the glossy fold-out
sleeves "starsongs, moonsongs & drones", was
a step into the MBV/shoegazer galaxy, which the band still often
gets compared to. multilayered vocals and guitars, echoed and phased
until infinity on songs like "just a wobble" and
"rollercoaster"(which later became the soft
"Spanish fork" on 5 fresh tunes... 2 years later).
Beautiful and wrecked at the same time, this tape showed which way
the band was heading next
highlights: green sprout, just a wobble and a brand
new coat (mix)
songs 17 min] May 1998
in the beginning of 1998, the duo was fed
up with never be able to perform their repetuar at loud volume,
with drums, bass and fuzzy guitars. The started to put up ad's searching
for a drummer and a bassplayer, and found henrik thörn
and thomas lundberg who fit perfectly into the band, musically
and personally. "spitfire e.p." was recorded during
3 days in april ´98 where each member got to pick one favorite
song from the scrapbook. a more dynamic and aggressive release to
the previous tapes.
highlights: kerosene and dead love
OF NOTES E.P.
songs 16 min] August 1998
the four songs on this tape was the result
of a creative 2 day long session in july 1998. ola had just got
home from a vacation filled with inspiration and wrote and recorded
a handful songs like slowmono, batmobile (later
on 12 TRK demo and the duckweed sampler 2000 comp. not included
on this tape.), elephant hospital (later a campo mondo
song), crystal below zero and clint. with carina
adding her warm vocals to the production, bottle of notes e.p.
was another great chapter in the book of moonbabies.
highlights: clint, slowmono and crystal below zero
[4 songs 18 min] April
olympian height e.p. Was the first tape to get moonbabies some attention
outside sweden. the Kettle Black 'zine, US wrote "The
overall touch of emotion and sadness lends a universal appeal, similar
to the work of Joy Division...//... Ola's Frick's deep, masculine
voice is perfectly contrasted with Carina Johansson's pristine female
backup vocals...//... If you like harmonic, introspective,
catchy dreampop with substance, Moonbabies is a sure bet."
first planned to be released on 7" e.p. this cassette is included
on tangerine tapes "sweet morning themesongs" compilation.
Highlights: all of them. have you ever said goodbye?, epileptic,
starlet and in the banshees
FRESH TUNES FROM THE MOONBABIES
songs 22 min] June 1999
moonbabies had started using more and
more professional recording equipment by now and also began to compress
their much recognizable MBV/shoegazer style. this tape got great
reviews everywhere. more danceable n´ easy-to-get than ever
"five fresh tunes from..." showed a balanced and
more mature moonbabies.
Highlights: I'm insane but so are you and happy when smile
TRK DEMO 1999
songs 30 min] June 1999
the last of the series of self-released demos.
"12 TRK demo" invited the listener through a musical
journey from the opener "June and novas" to the
slow breakbeat instrumental closer "mungo's memories".
some pretty experimental stuff as well as some easy pop ("city
walk" and "we still use it in the wrong way").
the first ever coverversion to ever be released by the band was
a stunning laid-back version of the velvet underground's
"hey mr.rain". almost all of the tracks on this
CD were later picked for different compilations and also lays the
ground fro moonbabies "June and novas" cd-album.
the duo's best "demo" effort without a question.
Highlights: June and novas, city walk, wash off,
pianohammers, winter broken time and batmobile.
unsigned fall/winter 1998
given away as a free gift at a gig, headlined by moonbabies at blekingska
nationen, lund, sweden, december 1998. CD includes the moonbabies
track "Clint". Other bands include atlas,
motel north and mållgan. 500 copies printed.
sent out as a promotion cd in april 1999 to attract swedish record
labels. promopop also arranged a showcase in linköping, Sweden
where moonbabies did a 5 song set. the CD includes a different version
of "a brand new coat", not found elsewhere. Other
bands on this promo CD: the technicolors, soulboxopera,
monotone, flu, superiors, mystery seek fun
and george rampage.
another promocd (double CD) including all 33 bands performing during
the yearly popstad event. 31 of the bands comes from malmo or has
a connection to the the town. moonbabies "I'm insane but so
are you" is found as the first track on the 2nd CD among
the other bands you find dipper, the wannadies, ray
wonder, liberator, the ark, brainpool, elevator
adam, colubrids, david and the citizens and the
yet another promocd. this time from the Swedish mp3 site popwire who
presented this CD at a convent in cannes, france. CD includes "I'm
insane but so are you" along with tracks from lark,
park(!), planet superfly, heavily skillbillies
and more .
a massive international compilation effort by duckweed records
including lord litter, grenade, pointy birds,
bill Foreman, moloch, campo mondo (a sideproject
by wieslander/frick), mister karate, the house carpenters,
the imaginary band, jo & joe, halestorm,
careless carliss & the cantelope girls and 3 songs by moonbabies;
"epileptic", "batmobile" and "city
Lo-fi Underground 3
duckweed also put out another compilation around the same time as
duckweed sampler 2000. The third of their excellent global lo-fi
underground series. This one includes "my buddy buddy
(nice & clean mix)", "blue" and "fall".
other artist around this time are among many ray carmen, lord
litter, grenade, used alien mind, bill forman,
moloch, a:minor and mister karate. The music runs
the gamut from rock, folk, and experimental to just plain craziness.
Some of it is not easily categorizable. It is all home recorded. A
compilation as good as it gets.
of the richochet
best kept secret
20 lo-fi compositions released as a cassette comp by Alexandro crestani's
italian best kept secret. here you'll find a very rough version of
"sister gold" along with tracks from mostly UK based
band's like luminous, [astroboy], gary k,
idiot box and 360 sound.
a compilation of songs recorded by friends in celebration of label
owners Dan and Heather's wedding. music from the autocollants,
astrobrite, mahogany, the ecstasy of st. theresa,
sandrine, masters of the hemisphere, con dolore
(formerly polar), mr. clay (brittle stars guitarist), isobella
(formerly akasha), freezing butterfly (from japan), and loveliescrushing.
moonbabies contributed with a new and un-released song titled "princes
losing today is a great indiemag, focused on ethereal and dreampop.
you'll get a free CD-compilation along with the paper. painted dream
includes "I'm insane but so are you" by moonbabies
and tracks from ecstasy of st. theresa, mira, trembling
blue stars, white rose transmission and more.