What started out as a regular jam session between Jo and Monkey (Adrian), inspired Jo to take the next step and record, not only for herself but with the determination to put together a compilation album of local musicians which would raise awareness for Auto Immune Disorders having all proceeds go to Arthritis QLD. Jo then crossed paths with Erin resulting in the three forming a solid friendship as well as the collective known as “Moscato”.
Moscato was later joined by bass player, Keiran Shaw as well as vocalist Kristen Anderson who would join Erin as lead vocalist, forming a positive and hardworking female vocal duo. The band has various songs doing the rounds currently. “UNSHINY” and “Sandman” are their latest singles, but they have already been making waves with tracks such as “Why War” and “Sugar Daddy”.
Although I’ve been aware of Moscato in a vague sort of way, through Artist Signal, I hadn’t really listened to them in a serious way. Their performance of “UNSHINY” convinced me that I should try to listen to the band more closely, and I’m very glad I did. After several listens, I’m a fan. They have a fine collection of varied, finely crafted, melodious alternative rock-pop songs with intelligent lyrics, and both Erin and Kristen are very good singers who are able to put those songs across with real meaning. The rest of the band too, is excellent – tight and gutsy but sensitive to the meaning of every song – and the production is on point within the confines of what they are attempting to achieve.
You have to have real skill and class to create the sort of wall of warm harmonious sound which develops on “UNSHINY” without it degenerating into a rather generic mush. I’m just an old git now, but after decades of devotion to music it’s still great to see that real class and talent keeps coming through, and it’s always a real pleasure to discover it. I’m late on the scene with Moscato, but I’m an enthusiastic convert.
After 3 days of repeated listening, I feel that, Moscato deliver a well-crafted set of songs, true to the spirit of its creators. The melodic power of tracks such as “UNSHINY” or “Pendulum” (my absolute favorite Moscato song) leaves me wanting more and more. Moscato are evolving into an even more mystical and captivating entity with each new release. Every song is good, but several are awesome…full of emotion and hooks!