On Friday, April 7th, 2017, The Big Moon released their debut album titled Love in the 4th Dimension. After being signed to Fiction Records in 2016, the all girl group was able to release an indie yet rock esque album following an EP and a number of singles. The Big Moon released their first EP titled The Road in March of 2016, and to be honest, it’s not nearly as good as the complete album. Originating from England, The Big Moon is taking a sliver of the music scene from all over the world.
Love in the 4th Dimension consists of an overwhelming yet healthy amount of guitar, which is played by both Juliette Jackson and Soph Nathan. Celia Archer can be held responsible for the numerous hints of bass and Fern Ford is guilty for being the band’s only (and most quiet) drummer. Juliette also takes the stage as lead vocalist while Soph and Celia contribute as background vocalists.
“I’d written four songs or something in my bedroom and it was really exciting to hear them played really loud with other people, so yeah, I got a bit emotional.” said Juliette Jackson during an interview.
The album begins with “Sucker”, a sweet yet powerful song. “Sucker” was originally in the band’s EP, but was remastered and then put on the complete album. This song has mellow vocals with heavier instruments in the chorus, and the hints of chimes and dog barks in the far background are much appreciated.
“Pull the Other One” is next on the album. The name of the song can only remind me of Jenga, the well known game that is responsible for the hundreds of missing blocks around every American’s household. Anyway, “Pull the Other One” has a fascinating tone to it. Like other songs on the album, the Chorus seems to be much more pronounced than the rest of the song with heavier instrument and an overall louder voice.
“Cupid” definitely appears to be on the softer side until you get about a minute into the song. Also on the band’s EP, the song was then put on the album. Resembling the man behind the name, “Cupid” is clearly a love song and is nothing but pleasing to the ears. Even though the song is a bit heavy on the instruments, the vocals manage to stay low. This song is by far my favorite off the album. It’s nearly impossible to not get this song stuck in your head.
“Formidable” is one of The Big Moon’s more popular songs. Once again, it starts off quiet, but progresses to get louder halfway through the song. Even though this is true, the song is completely different from the rest. “Formidable” would make the perfect poster child for garageband music as a genre. It has a certain vibe to it that is nearly irresistible.
“Silent Movie Susie”, the song titled the same as the album, “Love in the 4th Dimension” and “Bonfire” tend to stay heavier all throughout each song. The songs are very catchy, though, and I find myself listening to each of them on repeat from time to time.
“Zeds” and “The Road” are the only completely mellow songs on the entirety of the album. I could easily fall asleep listening to each of these songs, ands it’s very nice to have something quite while listening to the album. It’s almost refreshing.
And last, but hopefully not least, “The End” is a perfect fitting name for the final song on the album. Oddly enough, this song reminds me of the end of the world. For all I know, that may be what it is about. “The End” is both on the softer side and the heavier side and is a good song overall.
“I really enjoy this album”, says Jess Matthews, an avid music enthusiast. “Its definitely unique. It’s not the type of music you hear on the radio all the time and it fits the genre of music I like.”
I feel like Love in the 4th Dimension would be the perfect album to play on a roadtrip. It gets a perfect mixture between soft and heavy vocals and instruments and while listening all you want to do is sing along, even if you don’t know the words. I would highly recommend this album to anyone and I would highly recommend constantly listening to it on repeat.