|Further Seems Forever "The Moon Is Down" (2001) LP Cover|
The vocals may sound familiar to you if you’re a fan of Dashboard Confessional. The lead singer and writer of that group, is none other than Chris Carrabba. He would be the singer of this alternative rock group before leaving to pursue his own personal project, which was getting more attention than this band. On “The Moon Is Down” there’s a lot of focus on love, and loss, and many reviewers would compare the record to Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, and Modest Mouse. While I can see why this may be labeled as EMO, I label is as much more than that. There’s a rock edge to it, but then again, this song in particular, “New Year’s Project”, definitely says a bit different.
The lyrics of this song are sung softly until the music ramps up to a much heavier pace and sound, still within the remnants of alternative, independent music, with Carrabba singing loudly, but not screaming. It’s very much a passionate song that ramps up, and then calms down again. Think Taking Back Sunday or Thursday, at times. The lyrics that grip me all the time include the lines,
“Your hands didn't move
well neither did mine.
New Years will bring
so much to say
but nothing comes out right
both of us left without words
both of us lost in this world
it's softer than ever before.
And you were the outline
of everything you would become.
The keeper of these hands.
To hold you now
it is a far cry more than anything that I deserve.”,
and of course, that is something that rings heavy for me. I have a love in my life, and many do. Some loves we cannot have, we cannot attain, though when we are with that person true love is felt, and a connection is unique and beyond anything you’ll ever feel. It’s an odd thing to connect with a soul mate. This song reminds me of her, and them, because you may have more than just one kindred soul mate.
Further Seems Forever put this song out in 2001 and here we are in January 2018, and I can’t stop thinking of the lyrics, and the impact of love and honor. The ideas that are engraved in the track, and how much it hurts to miss someone you can’t have. A fine track. “New Year’s Project” is one of those deep tracks that you need to listen to, and as a whole, “The Moon Is Down” is one hell of a record from the band as well.