Last year the Asbury Park-based Moon Motel released The Lonely Romantic, a beautifully crafted collection of music depicting the all too real pain, despair, and survival of its penman, recounted through a single character known only as The Romantic and amongst a swirling torrent of diverse instrumentation (possibly a nod to the songsmith’s emotional state). Tomorrow evening (Saturday the 15th) The Romantic will see his heart-wrenching tale come to a conclusion with the release of Moon Motel’s anticipated follow-up Live For No One.
Fronting the release of Live For No One is “Blue Blood”, a haunting single and a proper introduction for Moon Motel’s initiative to strip down his sentiments into more sparse songwriting displays…but Sales described the record best.
“Live For No One consists of 6 songs recorded in live takes at Ugly Door Studio with only an acoustic guitar and vocals. There were no click tracks, no edits, no overdubs, no bass, no drums, no harmonies, no pianos, no saxophones, and plenty of “happy accidents” and room noises. It was recorded in 25 minutes on a particularly emotional evening.
“While The Lonely Romantic was the tale of loss, this album serves as the thoughts that play in the Romantic’s head and heart as he travels lonely roads, sleeps in lonely motels, and sits in lonely diners with nothing but his guitar, journals, and memories.”
Stream “Blue Blood” below and be sure to check out Moon Motel when he releases Live For No One tomorrow evening at Espresso Joe’s Cafe in Keyport with support from friends of the scene Chris Rockwell, Jim Mill, Sykes Hartman, and art exhibit by Sales and local photographer Rob Camlin.
Doors for this event open at 6:30 p.m. with no cover charge needed. All attendees will receive a free copy of Live For No One and an accompanying chapbook. Find more information and RSVP here.