It must be the season of the witch, and alternative band Pat Clifton and the Nolias has delivered a spellbinding new single – “Blood Moon” – as if right on cue.
Magnolia Pearson, the group’s female vocalist, delivers a performance that could fit easily in a lineup of greats ranging from Lana del Rey, to Billie Marten, to Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, who hails from Icelandic indie-folk band Of Monsters and Men. Her voice settles in the mix with hypnotizing clarity thanks to the expertise of producer Pat Clifton and engineer Dylan Mackey.
As a whole, the piece stirs up similar feelings to alt-J’s “Left Hand Free,” which served as the theme song for hit series Outer Banks. The guitar tone contains a coarseness that may be present only in the salt of the sea, rounding up an audience that stretches from one coast to another. The sultry bassline would have no issue soundtracking a story of scandal, of lust, or of a seductive sort of fear. It details a story of raw and unbridled attraction that bewitches the listener with the same power an unsettlingly bright moon might emit.
The trio has limitless potential for where their music may take them next, as they explore the concept of genre with fluidity, taking influence from indie-pop, R&B, and classic rock, to name a few.
And no matter the climate a listener resides in, there is no question that any autumn playlist would be incomplete without the groove of a new song from the Nolias.