MOONEYE

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Tijdloze songs. Warme melodieën. Refreinen die je niet loslaten. Een gouden stem. Ziedaar het zwaarste wapentuig in het uitgebreide arsenaal van Mooneye, nom de plume van Michiel Libberecht, pas 25 maar klaar om met zijn songschrijftalent op zijn minst de Lage Landen te veroveren.

De ‘Mooneye EP’ die vorig jaar verscheen bij het Belgische Mayway Records, was meer dan een schot voor de boeg. Libberechts okselfrisse, licht melancholische indiepop/folk sprong meteen in het oor, en vergelijkingen met Kevin Morby, Fleet Foxes én de almachtige Roy Orbison werden bovengehaald. ‘Thinking About Leaving’ schopte het tot in de populaire Spotify-playlist 'Fresh Finds' terwijl ‘This Thing’ 10 weken op de playlist van Radio 1 draaide en door radio-DJ Annemieke Schollaardt werd uitgeroepen tot A-plaat van de week op NPO Radio 2 in Nederland.

Optredens als support van onder meer Great Lake Swimmers, Intergalactic Lovers, Chuck Prophet en Novastar maakten duidelijk dat Mooneye ook live als een magneet werkt. Libberecht en zijn strakke liveband barsten van de podiumprésence en brengen een concertzaal in geen tijd op temperatuur.

In januari 2019 werd tijdens een spannende media-happening Mooneye met ‘Thinking About Leaving’ bekendgemaakt als winnaar van De Nieuwe Lichting van Studio Brussel. De Standaard over ‘Thinking About Leaving’ (1 februari): De song doet denken aan Vampire Weekend minus de exotiek, Novastar met meer poeier, of Beirut zonder trompetten. Noem het wat je wil: de song is spannend en feilloos afgewerkt."

Timeless tracks. Heartwarming melodies. Choruses that anchor themselves in your head. A golden voice. Those are the deadliest weapons in the extensive arsenal of Mooneye, nom de plume of Michiel Libberecht. At the tender age of twenty-five he’s ready to conquer the Low Countries with his songwriting talent - and that’s just for starters.

Last year’s ‘Mooneye’ EP, released by the Belgian label Mayway Records, was more than a warning shot. Libberecht’s spring-fresh, vaguely melancholic indie pop/folk stood out at first listen, prompting comparisons with Kevin Morby, Fleet Foxes and even the legendary Roy Orbison. ‘Thinking About Leaving’ made the popular ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist on Spotify whereas ‘This Thing’ featured on Radio 1’s playlist for 10 weeks and was named A-record of the week on Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2.

Support slots for the likes of Great Lake Swimmers, Intergalactic Lovers, Chuck Prophet and Novastar confirmed that Mooneye is also a live magnet. Libberecht and his tight live band ooze stage presence and know how to bring a venue up to temperature in no time.

At a nailbiting media event in January 2019, Mooneye’s ‘Thinking About Leaving’ was announced as the winner of Studio Brussel’s De Nieuwe Lichting. De Standaard newspaper on ‘Thinking About Leaving’ (1 February): “The song is reminiscent of Vampire Weekend minus the exoticism, Novastar with added punch or Beirut without the trumpets. Whatever you choose to call it: the song is exciting and expertly finished.”

Timeless tracks. Heartwarming melodies. Choruses that anchor themselves in your head. A golden voice. Those are the deadliest weapons in the extensive arsenal of Mooneye, nom de plume of Michiel Libberecht. At the tender age of twenty-five he’s ready to conquer the Low Countries with his songwriting talent - and that’s just for starters.

Last year’s ‘Mooneye’ EP, released by the Belgian label Mayway Records, was more than a warning shot. Libberecht’s spring-fresh, vaguely melancholic indie pop/folk stood out at first listen, prompting comparisons with Kevin Morby, Fleet Foxes and even the legendary Roy Orbison. ‘Thinking About Leaving’ made the popular ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist on Spotify whereas ‘This Thing’ featured on Radio 1’s playlist for 10 weeks and was named A-record of the week on Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2.

Support slots for the likes of Great Lake Swimmers, Intergalactic Lovers, Chuck Prophet and Novastar confirmed that Mooneye is also a live magnet. Libberecht and his tight live band ooze stage presence and know how to bring a venue up to temperature in no time.

At a nailbiting media event in January 2019, Mooneye’s ‘Thinking About Leaving’ was announced as the winner of Studio Brussel’s De Nieuwe Lichting. De Standaard newspaper on ‘Thinking About Leaving’ (1 February): “The song is reminiscent of Vampire Weekend minus the exoticism, Novastar with added punch or Beirut without the trumpets. Whatever you choose to call it: the song is exciting and expertly finished.”

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