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NYC’s Moon Kissed is that once-in-a-blue-moon band that creates their own community as they rise in the musical ranks. They are much more than a band; with every show they play they are ushering in a new era of gritty and provocative New York City partying—one where anyone is free to be themselves, gender isn’t real, and the person you’re dancing next to is your best friend but also could be your next makeout partner. With Emily Sgouros on synth, Leah Scarpati on drums, and Khaya Cohen on vocals, Moon Kissed creates an energy, an infectious aura, that, if you are lucky enough to enter it, feels like a secret and an escape, powerful and precious to behold.
Moon Kissed writes about the complexity of our deepest desires: heartbreak and the way it consumes us; the way we change ourselves to satisfy the ones we crave. Their second self-released album, I’d Like To Tell You Something Important, negotiates these themes. The band carefully drowns the listener in a kaleidoscope of raw feeling before rescuing them with pearls of raw wisdom. The album’s message conveys an exciting brand of authenticity that is difficult to find and impossible to fake.
Their second album, I’d Like To Tell You Something Important, is saturated with the paradox of being just as addicted to the low feelings as the high ones. Moon Kissed’s unique talent lies in their ability to produce music that glitters on the surface, driven by synth lines that sparkle, drum melodies that get your heart racing, and hooks that take your mind hostage all while interrogating the more complicated, painful parts of reality.
At the start of 2022, Moon Kissed released an EP intended as a segway to tie their second and upcoming third album, aptly titled I’m On My Way. Produced remotely amidst yet another lockdown, the themes of the three songs are all takes on feeling stuck and wishing to escape, to take a journey.
2022 brought Moon Kissed to SXSW in March. In May, the band opened for Sir Chloe. And in the fall the band went on a co headline tour with Kid Sistr coordinated around Chicago’s esteemed Riot Fest, playing on a bill with acts like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleater-Kinney and Nine Inch Nails.
Moon Kissed wrapped 2022 with their third annual Can’t Deny the Chemistry residency. This year, the theme was Heaven, Purgatory and Hell, and the three nights were showcased at Baby’s Alright in Williamsburg.
Moon Kissed is currently working on their third album.