Luna Morgenstern’s ‘Done’ swiftly became a favourite here at OGS, with its electropop undercurrents and feisty subject matter amounting the perfect early-summer bop. One month later came an infectious remix by alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton which propelled the single further towards the release of the ‘Taking the Blow’ EP. Gently futuristic and undeniably catchy, the EP is filled with delightful and dark moments as the German songwriter lays all her cards on the table.
Opening with the sublime ‘In My Head’, released as a single back in April, Luna doesn’t hesitate in revealing her dark, power pop prowess. Unafraid of dramatic synths to caress her gentle vocals, her bedroom-produced efforts are of a virtuosic nature. Her songwriting excellence continues into ‘Done’, which holds its own as an emotional fusion of anger and freedom. Written off the back of a gruelling argument with her father about her dedication to music as a career, Luna explains ‘‘’Done’ is about finding independence, it's an ode to freedom, to being alive and it is a reminder to be more loving to yourself and to acknowledge your own worth.”
‘Taking the Blow’s artful arrangement creates intrigue with distinct, minimal sections of the track decorated with brass-inspired synth and persistent, subdued percussion. Though drawing inspiration from SOPHIE, Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek and FKA twigs, Luna has a unique, haunting edge that’s sure to see her reach similar levels of success.
Gently growing bop, ‘Tonight’ features a Breakfast at Tiffany’s sample and vocoded elegance to produce a modern electro love song. Closing with ‘Nobodylovesmelikeyoulovedme’; Luna lets her refined falsetto and layered harmony sit at the forefront of a gorgeous piano ballad. Heartfelt and raw, the loss of her mother is explored with candid grace.