Vancouver-based pianist Nathan Shubert (they/them) invites us into their world, which seems quite melancholy at first, but there is a simplicity and comfort that is found within. Despite the absence of Shubert’s voice, their remarkable talent speaks for itself. Their artistry is apparent in how they use music to express feeling and emotion.
The solitude, softness, euphoria, and calm that covers the album is just the beginning of what can be discovered. The music’s experimentation frees the album, creating a whole new sonic dimension. The ominous first track “Shallows” leaves the listener curious and eager to see what can be uncovered. It is the perfect introduction to The Moon From Here as it leaves the listener wanting more, but also unsure where the musical journey will take them.
I do not often listen to music without vocals, but this absence was very serene and refreshing for a new listener of Shubert’s work. The album shifts with the track “If Ever,” which has a more upbeat and positive energy thanks to a jazz-like influence. This tune adds an element of positivity that was missing previously. “If Ever” acts as the catalyst for change in the album.
With its selection of eight unique tracks, The Moon From Here, explores a unique tone. This short album tells a story with its ability to be simple yet powerful. While listening to the album, I tried to figure out what story was being told.
I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and calm rush over me as the album progressed. There is a sense of loneliness throughout that doesn’t isolate the listener, but allows them to connect to themselves instead.
This is Shubert’s fourth album within the last seven years — and shows a progression of unique and natural sounds. I thoroughly enjoyed this album and look forward to listening to more of Shubert’s work soon.