“Thankfully, in the face of death by generics and the musical equivalent of a series of meaningless one night stands, we have found a Keeper.” I said that a while ago when I wrote about “Next to Me,” the first single from the full album Moonhigh, which dropped 10/1 and premiered on The Music Ninja. And I meant it. These girls are bold and fearless. They bare their souls on this album, and MoonDoctoR on production thrusts these tracks into emotional superdrive. Each song is this wonderful mixture of a million different genres, lending themselves plentifully to the sweet sound that is Keeper. Throughout this LP, you can hear trap, hip hop, R&B, disco, dnb, and a whole lot of dance. Even rock/singer songwriter influences in there, which is a showing of their Austin roots and existence in a sea of mediocrity, uniquely and equally represented. This trio of femme fatales speaks to the lack of originality all too prevalent in today’s music. They call their sound synth soul, but it could be called any number of names edgy and bizarre, beautiful and raw, the tantalizing sound of three sultry sirens.
Yadira Brown, Erin Jantzen and Lani Camille Thomison are Keeper. They know how to write, vocalize, harmonize, spreading the most positive of vibes through their beautiful music. Haunting lyrics flow from attuned voices, in tune to the emotions of every living soul, and the instrumentals behind those touching voices go straight for your soul, where they wrap themselves around you. And you never want them to let go. Moonhigh is a collection of 8 songs that come together in one individual, distinct sound that is Keeper.
“Everything You Want” sets the tone for the album, with deep R&B feels telling of its mood. The lyrics are also telling you enticingly about the rest of this album, and the music of Keeper, saying so much with the lyrics, ‘got everything you want boy, got everything you want and more.’ It is sexual and inviting, a turn-on that goes straight to your head.
Next is the slow lull of “Find Yourself,” where inside the track you get lost and then find yourself again. This track has a crazy beat and slow, sweet melody with soulful vocals. Added bonus is the rap verse. It is so TLC, and I couldn’t love it more.
“Get On My Level” wins in title alone. I used to have a piece of coveted kandi with this exact message. It was one of the ones I never traded. It didn’t have all the frills of this track though: the dope, glitchy beat that kicks all those not on their (our) level to the curb. All I can think of as I listen to this is whoever broke the hearts of these girls is one (or more) serious fuccboi(s). And then I want to thank them, because we have this killer album as a result.
On to the darkness that is “Nature of the Beast.” There is a slow beat and eerie rumbling behind the vocals that gives you this feeling like you are in the middle of the countryside in the middle of the night and you are all alone in the pitch black, just standing there with the music. No one is coming to save you.
I wrote an entire article about “Next to Me,” which is linked above.
“Not Done” reminds me of an 80’s Janet Jackson song, and then it becomes something modern and dancy. And I am not complaining one bit.
“Restless” just adds to the versatility of this album, and serves to remind us of the producer behind the music, MoonDoctoR. Big ups. Also shouts to the high intensity vocals. I just want to get inside this track, and live in there.
“The Way Love Grows.” Funny I mentioned Janet Jackson earlier. Seriously though, this is the final track and another very gripping one. These girls hypnotize with their words and the production of MoonDoctoR draws you into their trance.
Keeper has all the makings of traditional music as we know it, but they remove themselves from that traditional to bring us a sound that is so new it is futuristic. Except here we are, in the present with Moonhigh. Hope you enjoy it and appreciate them as much as I do.
Keeper – Moonhigh | Purchase on iTunes
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