Album of the Day - Arc Iris ‘Moon Saloon’: a joyful, freewheeling journey

Thu, Aug 11, 2016, 10:23


Moon Saloon

Arc Iris

Bella Union


What began as a solo project in addition to Jocie Adams’s day-job as a member of Rhode Island folk-rockers The Low Anthem blossomed into her full-time endeavour around 2013.

It’s just as well, too, considering Adams’s second album under the Arc Iris banner is a joyful, freewheeling journey into chamber pop, jazz and songs that sound culled from Broadway musicals. With the help of her bandmates, she bundles those diverse elements into neat packages of uplifting, sunny-side-up songs that touch on the output of Tori Amos (Paint with the Sun), Feist (She Arose) and even Carole King (Rainy Days).

Coupled with the loose, improvised feel to these songs, it’s shrouded in an intriguing sense of unpredictability - but you’ll be ensnared until the last charming note is struck.