moa moa release debut single ‘Yellow Jacket’

moa moa have released their hypnotic debut single ‘Yellow Jacket’. It is a confident and dramatic introduction, pairing misleading harmonic choices with playful lyrics about jealousy and love. moa moa were brought together in the summer of 2019 by songwriter and producer James Ratcliffe – who since finishing his masters at Guildhall, has been composing for contemporary dance, film and TV adverts. The group set out to combine unconventional songwriting with pop-leaning sensibilities, which led to ‘Yellow Jacket’, a song influenced by artists including Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala and Hiatus Kaiyote.

Recorded and self-produced from their house in Tulse Hill, ‘Yellow Jacket’ is the first of three singles to be released in 2020 which lean on Ratcliffe’s experience writing and producing across a number of genres, to create something ever-changing and unpredictable.

James Ratcliffe, singer, songwriter and producer of moa moa says:

 “Yellow Jacket is a song that draws a deliberately simple caricature of a dysfunctional relationship. It’s not a personal anecdote, but there were moments where I added in aspects of my own (and others) experiences to create ‘Person A’ and ‘Person B’, who form the narrative of the song. Lyrically, the first and second verses tell the story of a call and response between the couple, who are articulating their emotions poorly. I wanted to use the kind of cliches that we all find ourselves using when we’re trying to navigate feelings of jealousy, love, and desire – poking fun at the idea that by doing so, we’re achieving some kind of self-preservation.”

“Musically, I wanted us to create something that mirrored the simplicity of the subject matter in an interesting way, which comes through in the contrast between the neanderthal rhythm and the more cutting, thick guitars.”

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