Päter – “Moonshine”


Showing a piano-driven pop engrossment that traverses from dreamy charm into escalated fervency, “Moonshine” is the latest single from Toronto-based artist Päter. The release marks the artist’s third collaboration with Vancouver-based producer Howard Redekopp (Mother Mother, Tegan & Sara).

Twinkling keys complement vocals pining for “moonshine, lighten up that dark night,” and the presence of something beloved. “This heaviness that keeps me still,” the vocals ascend further as a statelier piano adorns and complements a ghostly “moon,” refrain. “Take me away,” they continue with soaring elegance, punctuated thereafter by a brass-forward effervescence, stomping percussion, and rousing vocal emotion.

“Moonshine” plays with a climactic rush, stirring in its emotional build-up from quaint key-laden tranquility into a gripping catharsis. “Keep shining on me, and I will owe you my life,” the vocals conclude, masterfully conveying the importance of connection.

Check out the track’s excellent, self-directed music video, which captures the steadily escalating momentum of the track with colorful transitions:

The artist elaborates further on the track:

“Moonshine is a song about loneliness and longing. I wrote it on a night when I was feeling really down while there was a historic supermoon in the sky. There’s was some cognitive dissonance to something so beautiful happening when I felt so bad, but it gave me something to focus on to keep from falling into complete despair. I took this to Howard [Redekopp] when we were recording together and we both agreed that it didn’t need too much to make its point.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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