Moon Gogo is the surprising teaming of a master of the komungo, a thousand year old korean music instrument, and a singer and songwriter who knows his way around.
On one side, E’Joung-Ju, a classical music player who makes the six long strings of her instrument rumble, moan or whisper. The geomungo has sometimes been described as the «Chief of the Hundred Musics» and here it actually is, in turns threatening thunder, gentle lament or heady groove. On the other side, Federico Pellegrini, keyboard played with one finger, guitar played with not much more, hyperfuzz pedal when needed and, most of all, that kind of singing that takes you higher in three inflections. The music they play together is invariably sober and obsessive, elegant and slightly dishevelled, intimate and smoothly punk. One might call it slightly untidy chamber music !
The duo started at the end of 2013, as a commission by a concert venue in Nantes. Since then, the transcontinental pair has been patiently building their own playground in the unstable kingdom of the in-between with a first album, « International », released at the end of 2015 and their great performance skills have done wonders on stage (ex : Les Tansmusicales in 2016, at Sfinks Mixed or Levitation France in 2017) with Olivier Valois aka Valoy at the sound.
Their second album is titled « Joy ». Ironically, because the emotions the album is nursing are the kind that would rather curb any joy. You’ll hear what was once an anthem to north korean industry has turned into an eruption of rage (Chulgang (Nowhere at a Time), you’ll hear sarcastic dancefloor hits (Joy, Sally’s Gone), you’ll hear eastern ballads turned into obsessive hip-hop (Hangukae dal (My Rihanna)) or into psychedelic backwash (the 9’24 of You Say I) … Nine tracks in total, which design a unique and unexplored musical territory. « Joy » is a tour too between 2018 and 2019 everywhere in France but also abroad with a tour in Korea in the spring of 2018.
Discover « JOY », the first single in video clip :