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Albums Of The Week: Moon Walker | Apocalypticism

Style and substance go hand-in-hand on the indie-rocker's topical third release.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Apocalypticism, the piercing third album by Moon Walker, is both his most conceptual and most personal. Over eight eclectic tracks, Walker imagines an apocalypse and confronts society’s troubling inclination towards a hive mind. Once again, he is unafraid to confront harsh truths and pull back the curtain on the flawed layers of American society.

“These are two themes that are usually at the core of most dystopian sci-fi stories, but I think that with the sudden rise of AI and the pandemic, people are starting to get the feeling that they’re closer to reality. I think, depending on your outlook, the record will either feel like a very timely and honest assessment of the times we’re living through or like a dystopian, sci-fi fantasy record with no tie to reality in any way.”

The fierce Monkey See, Monkey Do builds over a foreboding beat, with Walker’s cutting, spirited vocals commanding attention. It was the first track written for album and set the tone for what was to come. Making the song forced the artist to get creative, he says. “I was staying at my parents house with limited resources so I had to make do with what I had. I didn’t have a shaker or tambourine, so I used a box of sprinkles.”

The guitar-heavy rock Give The People What They Want carries some of the rocker’s most potent lyricism yet. “I essentially wanted to return to form and write my best straightforward guitar-centric rock song. It’s funny how this song would have fit like a glove on my other two records but is, arguably, the most out of place song on this one.”

Photo by Madison McConnell.

The title track was written in response to the recent wave of anti-Semitism. With pounding drums and unwavering conviction, the rocker’s heartfelt message amplifies as the song unfolds. “My family came to America during the Pogroms in the ’20s so I’m well aware of the horrific history that has plagued my ancestors. Since I was a kid, I’ve been made fun of for my hair and my nose and for looking too Jewish. I have, however, never felt unsafe as a Jewish American.” Despite encountering anti-Semitic graffiti in his neighborhood and having his social media flooded with neo-Nazis, Walker is unafraid to embrace who he is and is committed to standing up against the dangerous vitriol that continuously plagues society.

Meanwhile, American Dream Come True tackles toxic American work culture and its damage on mental health. The track marks a notable shift in the rocker’s approach to making music. “It was my first time using samples of any kind and the vocal performance was quite a bit less melodic than my other music. Lyrically, it serves as a commentary on ‘hustle culture,’ while also discussing the depression that comes as a result of it.”

Formed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Springer created Moon Walker as a way to pass time and make extra money through selling songs to sound libraries. Now, he composes, produces and performs under the moniker after Moon Walker’s debut Truth to Power, turned the heads of tastemakers and garnered millions of streams. Apocalypticism follows his electrifying sophomore LP The Attack Of Mirrors, which arrived in October 2022.”


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