Moonchild (Amber Navran, Andris Mattson, and Max Bryk) releases “Tell Him” feat. Lalah Hathaway – their latest single from upcoming album ‘Starfruit’ (out 11th February).
The fifth album from the LA-based trio features singles “Too Good” and “You Got One feat. Alex Isley” alongside forthcoming collaborations with Rapsody, Tank and The Bangas, Ill Camille, Mumu Fresh, Chantae Cann, and Josh Johnson.
Opening ‘Starfruit’ with the sound of a knock on the door, “Tell Him feat. Lalah Hathaway” eases into a groove centered around drums from band member Andris Mattson;
“I made the initial track for this as part of a Song a Day for a Month challenge that we all did back in April 2020” he explains, harking back to the band’s creative process over lockdown. Wrapped up in glistening vocalist from Amber Navran and the legendary Lalah Hathaway, “Tell Him” explores the point in a relationship where words become lost on a partner.
“With the lyrics “a kiss takes the power from your lips”, Amber and Lalah muse over the way words lose their impact when you get close to someone; “sometimes you just have to call their friend and say, “hey, you tell them,”Amber adds.
Alongside the extensive list of featured artists on ‘Starfruit’, the release sees Moonchild experimenting with new synths and sounds. While still rooted in their trademark tones, these textures and sound palettes elevate ‘Starfruit’ to new and impressive Moonchild musical territory.
“Max has this arpeggiator synth patch that makes me so happy, Amber incorporated this cool octave pedal patch on her vocals, and I made a keyboard patch I’m obsessed with,”
Music from the highly anticipated album has received radio support from the likes of Clara Amfo and Sian Eleri (BBC Radio 1), being named one of BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Records, Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Tarzsa Williams (BBC 6Music), Morning Becomes Eclectic (KCRW), Bandcamp Weekly and Jazz FM playlisting alongside support from DJs Tony Minvielle, China Moses, Anne Frankenstein, Simon Phillips and Nigel Williams.
This project follows Moonchild’s critically acclaimed album ‘Little Ghost’ which saw huge support from the likes of Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Huey Morgan, Cerys Matthews and Don Letts (BBC 6Music), Bradley Zero and from across Jazz FM (who previously named the band Soul Act Of The Year) and KCRW.
The album also saw press accolades from Paste Magazine, Vinyl Factory, Soul Bounce, HYPEBEAST, Cool Hunting, Complex and from NPR, with Moonchild’s Tiny Desk Session having now garnered over 3.7 million views.
Following the release of ‘Little Ghost’, Moonchild played some of their biggest shows to date, including a tour with Jill Scott. 2019’s ‘Little Ghost’ followed the widely-praised ‘Voyager’ , ‘Please Rewind’  and ‘Be Free’  which were shown love by DJs across BBC 1Xtra, BBC 6Music, FIP Radio, KCRW, BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM, Worldwide FM and KEXP. The releases garnered praise from The Fader, Complex, Echoes Magazine, Saint Heron, Kick Mag, KEXP and Okayplayer, with the band racking up over 100 million plays on Spotify and Apple Music and the video for “The List” gaining 15+ million views on YouTube.
Moonchild have collaborated and toured with highly respected names from across music including Kamasi Washington, Stevie Wonder, The Internet, Jill Scott, have been compared to the likes of Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei and built up a host of iconic supporters from Robert Glasper (who has collaborated with Amber on his own projects) and Laura Mvula to James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, 9th Wonder and Tyler, The Creator.
MOONCHILD ‘STARFRUIT’ 2022 EUROPE / NORTH AMERICA TOUR
Feb 14: Leeds, UK @ The Wardrobe
Feb 15: Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Feb 16: Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2
Feb 18: Manchester, UK @ Band on The Wall
Feb 19: London, UK @ o2 Forum Kentish Town
Feb 20: Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Feb 22: Rotterdam, Netherlands @ LantarenVenster
Feb 23: Paris, France @ Trabendo
Feb 24: Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Fifth NRE
Feb 25: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg Oude Zaal
Feb 26: Roeselare, Belgium @ Trax
Feb 28: Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom
March 2: Milan, Italy @ Magnolia
March 3: Bologna, Italy @ Locomotiv
March 5: Vienna, Austria @ Porgy & Bess
March 7: Warsaw, Poland @ Praga Centrum
March 8: Berlin, Germany @ Gretchen
March 9: Hamburg, Germany @ Laeiszhalle
March 11: Kolding, Denmark @ Godset
March 13: Oslo, Norway @ Parkteatret
March 15: Stockholm, Sweden @ Slaktkyrkan
March 16: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Amager Bio
March 18: Riga, Latvia @ Palladium
March 29: Redbank, NJ @ The Vogel
March 30: Boston, MA @ The Paradise Rock Club
April 1: Washington DC @ 9:30 Club (Late Show)
April 2: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 3: Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
April 5: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
April 6: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
April 8: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
April 9: Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
April 12: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
April 14: Austin, TX @ The Parish
April 15: Houston, TX @ Studio @ WHL
April 16: Dallas, TX @ Trees
April 19: Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
April 20: St Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
April 21: Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
April 23: Detroit, MI @ El Club
April 24: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
April 26: Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
April 27: Montreal, QC @ Ausgang Plaza
April 30: San Diego, CA @ Music Box
May 1st: Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO
May 5: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
May 6: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 7: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
May 11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
May 13: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent