Watching Moon & Bouncers‘ performance of “Moon;Bouncers” with OnStage presented something you don’t see often. A bassist and two drummers. The precision and multilayered rhythms that the trio play are incredible. If you didn’t see the band perform live, the overlapping drum kits could get lost. But this performance shows how synced every member is.
Moon & Bouncers comes from the mind of Munhui Kim who composes and arranges all the songs. It looks like she works with other musicians to record and perform these songs live. The debut full length released in 2019 and I’m sad I didn’t know about them before. I like listening to the drums in all music and hear how percussionists add or subtract to a song.
The Album relies on drummers to create both the base rhythm and sometimes even the melody. “Intro” is a 10 minute start to the album. It slowly introduces the bass and while the drums develop the song structure. I also like how there’s no rush in the tempo. At a slightly quick walking pace, Moon & Bouncers are filling the verse with hi-hat and snare hits mixed with the exploratory bass lines.
“Moon;Bouncers” has a repeating vocal verse, but that’s to center the core of the sound while the dual drummers mix rhythms with the bass giving the song some funk. This is the track that will grab your attention. Moon & Bouncers are able to engage perfectly with both drummers. Funk comes through with the bass as heard on “Chaos” and the off-beat sequence from the drums keeps things moving.
Most songs on The Album range from three minutes to five minutes with some outliers like “Pipapo” at 8:10 and “Outro” at 1:44. But every song by Moon & Bouncers is a full statement. “What up” has the perfect bass and drum conversation. The song enjoys living on the off beats but still keep persistent steps forward. “Trap” dives into a psychedelic realm. The bass is running through some pedals to give notes a juicy funk and the addition of lead guitar opens up a new voice. It reminds me a bit of JuliaDream.
There’s something impressive about creating instrumental tracks. The OnStage performance of “Pipapo” features two keyboardists while the original track is bass and drums. Moon & Bouncers offer a wide variety on The Album. No song sounds too similar to another one which is incredible considering it’s mainly two instruments.
The Album is a great example of the variety of musicians existing in South Korea. Moon & Bouncers freeform style is enjoyable and shows the importance of two instruments sometimes relegated to the shadows. If you like funk and jazz, Moon & Bouncers is perfect.