Red Skies Mourning – “Deep Moonlight”

There are what, a million… a billion, love songs out there in the world? We often write love songs because love is one of the rawest and most relatable human emotions we feel, but what makes it work, what keeps us coming back for more time and time again, are the ones that stand out. The ones set themselves apart from the norm. The ones that move you to the point where you’re left with that heavy feeling in your chest and melodies that run through your mind all day. That is what you get with Red Skies Mourning’s “Deep Moonlight” that just came out last month, December 11th, 2021.

My personal taste in music tends to be reflected in what I write about, and as with all reviews, we get to the part where I try to describe what genre or “box” something fits into. In typical form, as with much of what makes up my musical pallet, one can not simply pin down or box this into one genre. That’s what’s special about it, that’s what intrigues me about most the indie music I find and decide to write about. We’ll get to what the artist cites as influences and inspirations in a bit, but my initial first impressions upon listening to this particular song was Grandson vibes, if Grandson wrote love songs instead of what he normally does. It has a similar swagger, a solid beat that makes you move, just different subject matter and vision. It also had a touch of mid-to-late Linkin Park era Chester Bennington, in my opinion. So if I were to be forced to make a call, I’d tag it Alt Pop, Alt Indie, or just modern Alternative Hip Hop.

Red Skies Mourning is a re-branding as of late, comprised of solo artist Chris Aleshire (Singer/Songwriter), Ryan Curtis (Co-Writer) and Cesar Da Emperor (an active producer/beatmaker managed by Dre London). “Deep Moonlight” is a product on inspiration spurring from Chris and Ryan’s previous work on “Reflection” (released August of 2021). The collaboration on that effort went so well, that they agreed to work on more stuff, brought in Cesar, and now (spoiler alert) have at least 5 more songs in the bank with more on the way. So in a way, “Deep Moonlight” appears to be a foreshadowing of some awesome things, soon to be coming our way in 2022 and beyond.

To elaborate more on what is meant by the “re-branding” of Red Skies Mourning, Chris’s initial releases were 90s Grunge influenced songs. As collaborative efforts with Ryan and Cesar blossomed, it has transformed into more of a modern vibe and reflecting more of what the artists point to as their varied range of influences right now (Chris Cornell to Post Malone, Halsey, and the Weeknd). In terms of cultural influence, Red Skies Mourning specifically calls out video games (in particular, Legend of Zelda) and pure emotion as inspirations.

I embedded the lyric video for the song at the end of the review, and my primary reason for also including it is that I have listened to the song several times now, and my curiosity had ultimately peaked about wanting to know all the lyrics to it, as any good pop song would do. Reading the lyrics alongside listening to the music just reinforced my liking the song even more. The lyrics are so deep and thoughtful, another thing that I feel sets this apart from the rest. I’m particularly fond of the lyric that starts the hook, “Every time we got it right, we ignored the warning signs,” which invoked a personal connection with me, when thinking of my wife.

In closing, I’ll leave you with a quote from the artist: “We wanted this to be inspired by ‘The Legend of Zelda’ meets The Weeknd/Post Malone….and we wanted the chorus to POP!” I would offer an affirmation in return to that with, “mission accomplished, guys.” Cheers.

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