Brooklyn-based alt-rocker Moon Walker shares gritty single “The Price of Life Itself,” a track that beneath reverberated vocals and grainy electric guitar wrestles with the deeply flawed structures that lay at the foundation of American society. The sophomore album from Moon Walker, The Attack Of Mirrors, is due out October 21, 2022 and available for pre-order now, including a limited run on vinyl available for pre-order here.
“The Price of Life Itself” sheds light on the institutional failures and the racial injustices that plague all facets of American society. Moon Walker says the track is lyrically one of his proudest moments, written in the midst of Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, upon seeing a militarized police response to an entirely peaceful protest with his own eyes. Moon Walker explains, “It was a moment where I really realized how much my sense of safety, freedom and protection was a facade. Our country’s institutions are all so deeply broken and flawed, that not only do none of them actually accomplish what they set out to, they likely have the opposite effect. The entire ethos of the song can be summarized in one of the final lyrics: “We can stay above the water, while still lending a hand to those who sink.” That is the price of life itself.”
Channeling Alice in Wonderland, Moon Walker brings viewers into a sinking rabbit hole, around a home with ivy lining the walls seen through a fisheye lens and spinning camera donning a bright, patterned suit in typical Moon Walker fashion. With lyrics that don’t sugarcoat the truth, Moon Walker gazes into the camera throughout, determined that the message is heard.
On the latest video, Moon Walker reunites with director Madison McConnell, who directed the previously released surreal, The Shining-inspired “I’m Afraid I’ll Go To Heaven” video. McConnell adds, “I wanted the video to feel like you were descending further into the rabbit hole along with Harry, slowly losing your sense of reality. I also wanted the cool tones of the room to juxtapose the warm tones of the outfit.”
The video brings the track to life, and Moon Walker is thrilled with the result. “I love how this video has an “Alice In Wonderland” feel to it. The location was incredible and the video really puts it on display. I think the video is a great accompaniment to the song.”
“The Price of Life Itself” follows the dark, synthy, “I’m Afraid I’ll Go To Heaven,” a track that comments on religion as it pertains to the modern political system and like much of Moon Walker’s music, strikes a balance between sarcasm and sincerity.
Moon Walker’s highly anticipated, biting sophomore album, The Attack Of Mirrors, finds the musician elevate his nostalgic, alternative garage rock sound over ten eclectic tracks. Springer expands on the poignant, timely lyrics and the thrashing garage rock sound that made his first offering such a success, while also introducing multiple new elements into the fold. With his second LP, Moon Walker recognizes his growth, explaining, “On ‘Truth to Power,’ I really just played to my strengths,” Springer says. “Write a guitar riff, a bass line and drum part, and double the guitar. I approached things the way you would on an eight-track, when you’ve got limited resources and limited space.” Where Truth to Power may have employed a “less is more” ideology, The Attack Of Mirrors sees Springer favoring a more experimental, maximalist approach. The results are an undeniably exciting, thought-provoking and well-rounded record that will be as rewarding to hear for the 100th time as it will be on a first listen.
Formed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Harry Springer created Moon Walker initially as a way to pass time and make extra money through selling songs to sound libraries. Today, Springer composes, produces and performs under the moniker after Moon Walker’s debut album, Truth to Power, turned the heads of several tastemakers and garnered millions of streams on Spotify.
Westword called Moon Walker’s work, “Fuzzed-out 70’s rock bliss…politically charged rock music with a sound akin to the White Stripes. Lyrically, the songs are confrontational and sarcastic.” New Noise Magazine encouraged listeners to, “Envision a beautiful marriage between The White Stripes, The Talking Heads, even Wild Cherry…there’s a depth to Moon Walker’s music fueled by an old-soul feeling.”
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