MOONLIGHT BROADCAST – Single Review: “Amoebas in Glass Houses”

Moonlight Broadcast is an alternative rock band hailing from beautiful Melbourne, Australia. Influenced by such greats as Crowded House, The National and Death Cab for Cutie, they write songs with memorable guitar-driven melodies and poignant lyrics about (in their own words) “the winding, bumpy road we’re all travelling on.” The band is comprised of Cameron (lead vocals), Adi (guitar), Craig (bass, backing vocals) and Ash (drums & mojo). They released their excellent debut EP A Cynic’s Guide to Dying Happy in February 2018 (you can read my review here), and after a two and a half year break, the guys are back at last with a terrific new single “Amoebas in Glass Houses“.

The song has a bouncy melody and lively mix of jangly guitars, humming bass and punchy drumbeats, creating a pleasing, upbeat vibe that contrasts with the rather depressing and brutally honest lyrics. Cameron says the song is basically about procrastination and living in a prison of one’s own making, not moving forward or achieving anything. The lyrics speak to turning inward and wanting to hide away from the world and just be left alone, yet something’s missing and you’re still feeling restless and unhappy as outside pressures build: “I’m floating around the lounge room, red-eyed and my cock in my hand / another Friday night and the walls are closing in / Cracks creeping up my window / I can’t stay here and I can’t go.”

Feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness are further compounded by seeing a beautiful and unattainable young starlett on TV: “Her physical beauty makes me want to curl up and die where I sit.” All these negative feelings have him pondering suicide as the only possible way out, though he doesn’t really want that: “There’s a tree I can see from my lounge room / limbs spread like an invitation late on Friday night and I probably need a friend.

“Amoebas in Glass Houses” is a great song, and I’m so glad Moonlight Broadcast have graced our ears with new music.

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12 thoughts on “MOONLIGHT BROADCAST – Single Review: “Amoebas in Glass Houses”

  1. badfinger20 (Max)

    Love the power pop feel of this one! As always…love those jangly guitars. It reminds me a little of The Jayhawks and that is a great thing….and a touch of Big Star.

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  2. badfinger20 (Max)

    Next Friday when I do power-pop songs…I was going to reblog this instead of writing one of my own if that is alright. I bookmarked this one and it’s a great power pop song.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max)

        Thank you! I appreciate it. Power Pop is my passion. This one is right in my wheelhouse.
        It has a timeless quality…I could see it in the 1970s as easily as now.

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  3. Great melodic tune and also love the sound! I had never heard of Moonlight Broadcast before. That’s probably because they still appear to be relatively new. I also don’t listen much to indie rock.

    My sweet spots are the ’60s and ’70s. And while I’ve listened to music for some 40 years, I still feel there’s so much music from just these two decades I’ve yet to explore. That being said, for the past seven months or so, I’ve made a conscious effort to pay more attention to new music – rather than complaining that much of today’s music is mediocre. Once you look beyond the mainstream/charts, you can still find great new music out there!

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  4. Val

    That’s really nice. When it started, I thought it sounded like the Doobie Brothers, then it sort of went into something else. (I came over via Max’s blog, by the way).

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