Most pop band's existences can be charted on a single horizontal line, a series of carefully timed and planned moves in which the music released only functions as a single aspect of the entire promotional product. Moving Castles has done virtually everything in their power to deviate from a predictable course that would lead them away from the importance of the music. Extremely introverted as a group, the band has released less than 15 songs since its inception in 2010 - each release feeling like a spontaneous indulgence of the duo of closely-guarded singer/songwriter John Eric and drummer Nick Cogdill.
The latest of such releases (and the first since 2011's well-received Twin Daggers EP) is the Setting Fire EP, a loose collection of songwriting exercises that did not make the cut for Moving Castles' first full length album. Though it may seem self-defeating for a band to release rejected b-sides before an album, the Setting Fire EP stands up as a fully-realized eclectic piece with as much personality and interesting songwriting as the Twin Daggers EP - the elaborate instrumental arrangement of Like, Flow and heartfelt-yet-quirky title track create a perfect foil for the carefree rocker Back to the Level and minimal synth-shoegaze cut Call Me Like You Used To.
The band is currently writing and recording their debut full-length album, due out on Oscillations Records Spring 2014.
This summer we were contacted to write an original song and put together a Spotify playlist for Coca-Cola’s new “Placelists” app. Placelists is an immersive experience currently available through the Spotify app that allows users to create a soundtrack for the places that are special to them and to discover and share songs through their social networks.
Click the link or logo below to view our playlist that includes our song Midnight Show: