Moonchild are LA-based multi-instrumentalistsAmber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson. In May 2017, Moonchild released their highly-anticipated album ‘Voyager’ which pioneered a unique blend of soul and new-school jazz and was fronted by the standout debut single “Cure”. Praise for the project has continued to grow with vocal support across KCRW, BBC 1XTRA, BBC 6Music and NTS; a video premiere for the cinematic “Cure” with The Fader, and an upfront stream of the sun soaked “Show The Way” via Okayplayer. Further reviews from DJ Mag, The Evening Standard and LA Weekly add to support for the album, as well as online praise from NPR, The Fader, Bandcamp (who featured the album in their top 100 albums of 2017), Soulbounce, Saint Heron and Jazz FM playlisting.Read More
“Love!” –Jill Scott
“The Magnificent Moonchild… Good Work” – Gilles Peterson
“Y’all Rock” – Robert Glasper
“Music’s brightest stars””– Okayplayer
“Moonchild has been delighting listeners and earning well-deserved praise from their peers
since they stepped on the scene” – SoulBounce
“Yet another stellar piece”– Saint Heron
“Dreamy neo-soul” – KCRW
“Voyager feels lush and robust, the sound of a band fully comfortable in its lane.” – BANDCAMP
“Space-age neo-soul loveliness...Delicious!” – 4 STARS – THE EVENING STANDARD
In the short space of three years, Moonchild have released two acclaimed albums, and collaborated or played live with many notable names in the soul-jazz scene including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Leela James, The Internet, Kamasi Washington and more. Attracting international tastemaker support from the likes of Gilles Peterson (BBC 6 Music), WHUR-DC, KCRW and LA 102.3, the band have also found themselves being praised by a host of iconic artists including Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Laura Mvula, James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, Jose James and Tyler, The Creator.
Speaking of Stevie Wonder, in 2014 Moonchild were swept off their feet by an unimaginable offer; they were called up by DJ Kevin Nash from Stevie Wonder’s radio station L.A. 102.3 KJLH and offered the chance to open for Wonder in 24 hours’ time. Wonder later told the band that he had heard their music the day before and loved it so much that he ordered the radio station to invite them as performers for his House Full of Toys Benefit Concert.
Since infiltrating LA’s iconic music scene, Moonchild only have positive things to say about their involvement and how it inspires them. Andris affirms that “There’s so much good music coming out of LA right now, a real creative energy surrounding the city”. Moonchild’s sound epitomises the LA mix of intricate, progressive musicality with the classic laid-back and blissful sound with which the West Coast has been associated across the decades.
Signing to Tru Thoughts in 2015, Moonchild officially released the album ‘Please Rewind’ on the Brighton imprint. Between albums, they released a DJ Jazzy Jeff & James Poyser remix of “The Truth” (from their widely praised ‘Please Rewind’ project) ahead of dropping their latest album ‘Voyager’, which marked a new level of maturity in the band’s sound. Recorded in a series of sessions in a cabin at Lake Arrowhead, California, Moonchild blend their trademark style of soul and new-school jazz whilst exploring themes of relationships. “Voyager is also the name of the satellite that has music on it - which is cool” Amber adds.
Last year the band toured extensively across the US, played shows in East Asia and set out on their first ever European tour; which included a sold out headline show at the Jazz Café and captivating performance for Boiler Room. Announcing a string of new US and Canada spring dates for 2018, Moonchild plan to kick off their year by bringing their gorgeous musicianship and enchanting sound to new cities and some of their favourite venues.