Premiere: Monsoon Moon, one-half of Command Q, returns with Can't Let Go
While the Australian dance duo are no longer, one-half of them - and a shading of their sound - lives on with Monsoon Moon.
If you're at all familiar with the depths of Perth's dance and club scene, chances are you're familiar with Command Q. For the space of a couple of years, the duo - Shaun Pickett and Louis Frere-Harvey - were one of the west coast's strong-holding acts, rising parallel to artists such as SLUMBERJACK and Luude before eventually, in 2017, the duo called an end: "As time goes on people grow and change, as has our musical and creative interests," they said on social media. "All in all, we couldn’t be happier. So with that said; it’s now time for the change."
Two years later, and the legacy of Command Q lives on through Monsoon Moon. It's the new solo project of the duo's Shaun Pickett, debuting earlier this year with a teasing first taste in Just Friends that now, is followed-up with something new and exciting, a track that encompasses this new era of Monsoon Moon and what to expect from Pickett's new approach to music and songwriting on a solo level.
Can't Let Go has a shading of his past work but it's brought forward to the future in a way that feels incredibly slick and polished, with Monsoon Moon teaming up with Annika Moses for a track that balances thick, electronic production with a vocal sway that seems to be highlighted by the bustling beat underneath. It's an extension of Command Q in a way - their signature, dizzying beats still present, although much more subdued in Monsoon Moon - but you get the feeling that Can't Let Go opens a bright future for Pickett, one where he no longer is held down by the expectations of his past work and is free to do what he likes.
"We are only into our second song, so it’s taken some weaning to figure out our process as a team and each others strengths," he says on the track, which came together at Perth’s Digital Bath Studios. "It took me three years to finish this song and countless edits. Now I get to enjoy its release."
Dive into the track, and keep an eye on Monsoon Moon as he opens his next chapter and explores some new sounds over the next few months. Pre-save the single release HERE.