Moon & Moon's VII Acts of an Iron King is William Lemon's Avant-Rock Opera. Reflections of timeless struggle, self-fulfilling prophecy, and age-old triumph, with flashes of modern affectation. A fluid and evolving seven-act performance; an epic tale of angst, hunger, tragedy, failure, and ultimately, hope. Contributions by members of An Albatross, Lewis & Clarke, Barkus Born and Stephonik Youth with guest appearances by Devendra Banhart, Gibby Haynes, and Bat For Lashes.
"A stunning, adventurous work" -Alarm
"Moon & Moon's upcoming 2008 debut for La Société Expéditionnaire looks to be as much musical theater piece as avant-rock album. Led by visual artist and singing horn player Will Lemon, the Brooklyn-based group has performed with Devendra Banhart. Natasha Khan of Brighton, UK-based Bat for Lashes has sung Lemon's praises in interviews.....The album will come in acts, and Lemon has made a corresponding block print for each one. "Act II (Hands of a Man)" opens like the more dialogue-heavy portions of "Revolution 9". The sound of sword against sword fills the air, and a young soldier asks, in a twisted voice, "What am I doing? Am I just working here?" The cast also includes seven-year-old Olivia Galarza, who narrates, and additional vocalist Stephonik Youth. A motorik groove settles in as Lemon growls, "When I was a child, was I not bright?" The Iron King, who apparently sent the soldiers here, doesn't answer. But (instruments) moan, spoken-word snippets reverberate, and victims can be heard fruitlessly begging for help from the men who will kill them."
released November 11, 2008
Produced and engineered by Matt Boynton.
Will Lemon, Steven Kurtz, Jay Hudak, Lou Rogai, Brother James Barbee, Ed Klinger, Louis Schwadron, Geoff Vick, Melanie Moser, Elizabeth Louise Tordis Gagnes, Paula Henderson, Eve Miller, Katie Porter, Matthew Boynton, Ivan Berko, Olivia Galarza, Stephonik Youth, Gibby Haynes, Devendra Banhart, Natasha Khan, Julian Rogai, Tom Asselin, Lauren Tralala, Zumi Rosow, Jane Herships