Night Moves, A New Electronic Sound

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An underdog of the electric indie music genre, Night Moves, has been creeping from the shadows into the hearts of techno fans. No, Night Moves is not the legendary song from Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band; it’s the name of an electronic indie band from Minneapolis. Their sound is unique, lush and reminiscent of MGMT’s catchy beats. 

While their sound is fresh with every song, their creation is why I’m a major fan. Two of their albums, Pennied Days and their most recent release, Can You Find Me, are made to be listened to from start to finish. Each song flows into the next, to the point where you think it’s the same song. It’s a rare trend that music fans rarely see these days. 

Night Moves has been around since 2012 when they created their first single, Headlights / Horses. “Headlights” is one of my personal favorites. It’s slow start quickly ramps up to deliver the electricity of Night Moves. It was also featured on their first album, Colored Emotions. They were quiet until 2016 when they released a complete album filled with hits. 

Starting with “Carl Sagan” and finishing with “Only To Live In Your Memories,” Pennied Days is a loaded album. “Carl Sagan” is my favorite song for its aggressive opening and consistent explosion of electricity. The opener is followed by seven great tunes that got me hooked. They recently teased a new album by releasing “Strands Align” and “Recollection” before dropping the entirety of Can You Find Me. I accidentally listened to it all the way through because my Spotify was set to repeat. This album is a little slower, sadder and made for a good cry. It still embodies the Night Moves name with eccentric tunes that command your eyelids to close and your ears to listen. 

Back in 2004, John Pelant and Micky Alfano met during a drivers-ed course and formed a bond that would birth sonic reflections. In an interview with HuffPost, Pelant revealed that the band’s name has nothing to do with Bob Seger. Coincidentally, one of their songs and albums was to be named “Night Moves,” but the band soon realized it’s the title of Seger’s hit record. Pelant said the name has a “spacey, gloomy-night time feel that fits the energy of the music.” And it sure does.

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