We get to know moonsea, a gorgeous new artist from Melbourne – and we premiere her first ever single and music video!
Produced by Xavier Dunn, the single is called ‘Lullabye’ and it’s a gem; a wonderfully sophisticated and intimate piece of music that draws you in, thanks largely to moonsea’s tender vocals.
It’s ethereal in parts, reminding us of some of george’s early works, but the build towards its latter stages is dramatic and cinematic. Just beautiful.
Check out our official premiere of the music video below.
But who is moonsea? Naturally, there’s a lot more to discover than just a music video premiere.
So scratch the surface with us in our latest Get To Know feature.
01. Name : moonsea aka Cecilia.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne, Australia.
03. How did you get your start in music? I started piano lessons at age five and singing made up songs probably before that.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Feely. Confessional. Orchestral. Nostalgic. Wallowing.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I grew up with mostly classical and Chinese music; I don’t think I listened to popular Western music until I was at least nine or ten.
One of the first bands I got into was The Proclaimers because one of my primary school teachers was from Scotland and that was her favourite band. Our whole family got into it; we had all the CDs. Then as a teenager I discovered a world of other artists, my deepest obsessions being Taylor Swift and Paramore.
At the same time, I was lucky to be exposed to a lot of classical music. My parents saw how much I loved piano lessons and gave me the opportunity to try lots of things, from violin and cello to percussion and classical voice. So I think my sound is a product of all of those experiences.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Playing the piano in the lounge room when no one else was around. We had this black lamp with a long neck on top of the piano and I would pull it down towards me and pretend it was a microphone.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Phoebe Bridgers, Imogen Heap, Ella Fitzgerald, Gracie Abrams, Taylor Swift, Ashe, Maggie Rogers, Sara Bareilles, Broods, Gabrielle Aplin, dodie, Lana Del Rey and Lizzy McAlpine.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? It’s so hard to pick but ‘Inside Your Mind’ by The 1975, ‘Sunshine On Leith’ by The Proclaimers and ‘The End Of The World’ by Skeeter Davis would be up there.
09. What’s your favourite lyric of all time (and where does it come from)? The lyric “now you hang from my lips like the gardens of Babylon” from ‘cowboy like me’ by Taylor Swift gets me every time.
10. Who are your top three favourite pop artists of all time? The icons Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Selena Gomez.
11. What’s the one song you’d kill to release a cover of? I’d love to do a jazz standard like ‘Dream A Little Dream’.
12. Who would your dream duet be with? Leslie Odom Jr., because his voice is pure velvet and it would be impossible not to sound good singing with him.
13. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Driving alone on a country road with the volume right up and I can feel the bass in my feet.
14. What was the first album you ever bought? Taylor Swift – ‘Fearless’.
15. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I really enjoy learning about dinosaurs.
16. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Probably something to do with space or animals.
17. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Don’t compare the start of your career to someone else’s middle.
18. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Working with Xavier Dunn on ‘Lullabye’.
19. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? I’m pretty new to the business so everything feels new and strange to me!
20. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Olivia Rodrigo! She’s incredible and her career will be breaking all the records.
21. Tell us about your debut release. I started off playing around on the piano as I normally do and came up with the rise and fall sequence you hear at the start of the song, paired with a chord progression that I like and use a lot.
I thought it sounded very haunted and longing, and it made me think of the type of heartbreak when you know it’s your own fault, and maybe you’re the one who chose to leave, but you can’t help but think about how things might have been different. I tend to think a lot about “what ifs”, and I really let myself wallow in that for this song.
In the song, you get these bursts in the chorus and bridge where the vocals and the orchestral instruments soar; it’s really quite euphoric. Then, in the verses, it’s very restrained with the muffled drums and repetitive, rhythmic piano. To me, that’s how it feels to cycle back and forth through your current sober reality and your wildest “what if”.
I was incredibly lucky to work with Xavier Dunn on this song. I originally came to Sophie Payten (Gordi), who was my mentor at the time, with my demo and a list of producers I was considering. We both agreed that Xavier would be the perfect producer for this. I messaged him, not really sure whether he’d be interested, but he immediately replied saying that he loved the song which was amazing.
We made ‘Lullabye’ over two days at his studio in Sydney. It was my first time in a real studio, so naturally I was a bit apprehensive, but I didn’t need to be as Xavier is absolutely lovely and a master at what he does. He is a double bass player and I’m a cellist, so we were able to communicate really effortlessly about what I wanted for ‘Lullabye’.
I think he enjoyed the opportunity to essentially arrange for a full symphony orchestra which is not something he gets to do a lot. I was really impressed at the way he combined the classical instruments with electronic elements, while making it sound very organic and intentional. Probably the most notable thing of all was meeting his cat Milo, who is extremely handsome and a sweetheart.
The song is mixed and mastered by Klaus Hill, who really brought clarity and life into the orchestral instruments.
22. How have you spent your time during the pandemic? I work in a hospital so my daily activities (go to work, go home to cats) didn’t change all that much. I did however discover the joys of needlepoint embroidery.
23. What do your future plans involve once we’re back to some semblance of normalcy? I’ve got a few more projects lined up. The plan is to keep writing, releasing music and exploring who I am as an artist.
24. Where can our audience catch you live? Follow me on my socials to be updated about upcoming shows!
25. Give us the final sell on the debut release. ‘Lullabye’ is the ultimate pensive Autumn evening wallow session soundtrack. I hope it will transport you, surprise you and comfort you.
INSTAGRAM : https://instagram.com/moonsea.music
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TWITTER : https://twitter.com/moonseamusic
SOUNDCLOUD : https://soundcloud.com/moonseamus
YOUTUBE : https://youtube.com/c/moonseamus