Its Spring 2014. The moon shines brightly in downtown Toronto and 27 year old Jade Moon leaves her apartment in Parkdale. Its very early in the morning. She starts out on one of her routine late night/early morning walks down a seemingly abandoned street . She eventually arrives at her favourite bench in a quiet corner of a neighbourhood park shop where she routinely stops to collect herself/thoughts and talk to the stars. A small town girl living autonomously and alone in a new city where the streets have all the personality and the faces have no names. She begins writing in her note book. Written at the top of the page are the words U TAKE CARE (I guess you didn’t know). The words she would write next would eventually inspire a collection of songs about the habits (GOOD or BAD) and cycles we so often find ourselves repeating whether we like it or not. Stories of Love and Hate. Stories of Ecstasy and Empathy. U Take Care specifically talks about the relationship between a woman and a man (a fictitious and almost demon like character that only exists in the mind of our story teller) This man can only take love and is incapable of returning it. A sarcastic and poetic take on a love song.
Jade The Moon Habits & Hindrance is the debut EP release for this exciting new project comprised of Vancouver’s Jade Moon (Vocal/Guitar/Piano) and Toronto Based production duo Bad Cop / / Mean Cop. The sounds are edgy. One might say that within in the current realm of popular music this project is borderline punk. The majority of the EP was recorded over a two week period in kitchens and living rooms. Raw one take vocals make up the majority of the vocal performances on the album.
Jade The Moon was created as a passion project, nothing more (or less). Born from a craving to make music free of borders and limitations and certainly with no intention to cater to current radio format. “We wanted to create without any care for song structure or content ” says Jade. We were more concerned about putting a feeling into the recording and knew that going on instinct would be our strength. This trio of creative minds admit the project was entirely whimsical and happened almost accidentally.
The lead off track 5 6 7 8 FIGHT AND FOUGHT (WE ONLY) reflects on a relationship and sets the tone for the EP, discussing the human capacity to “Love and War” with each other over and over again.
Everyone involved in the recording of this album was going through major changes. A couple of us were going through extremely dark times. In fact 5 6 7 8 was created the one and only time we ever collectively wrote together. It was an attempt to represent musically, the feeling of fighting and F@%King and the sad truth that so many relationships are no more than that.
The theme of cycles on this project continues with the lead off single Broken Angels in which Jade sings an almost eerie lullaby. The distinct character of her voice is heard on this song as she sings about healing the broken hearted in hopes they may learn to love again.