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Neon Moon - "Smoke" (video) (premiere)

Photo: Mackenzie LaRoe

Americana duo Neon Moon brings their soulful twang to a more ominous love song.

At first glance, you may have never expected Neon Moon's Josh Bohannon and Noelle Bohannon to ever come together as a musical duo, let alone as a couple. They were cut from two separate clothes, with Josh pursuing the Los Angeles metal scene while Noelle came out swinging with soulful leanings in Tennessee.


Eventually, though, they found each other following a year-long stay in Nashville for Josh and one of the hard rock projects he was a part of. They hit it off as friends, pursuing a musical output of cover songs on YouTube where they discovered that they worked well together on rootsier tunes.

The end result is Neon Moon, an Americana band that takes those unlikely influences and gives them a dose of twang along with it. The full studio results of that effort are out now in their album, 6:53, and they are celebrating its release with a music video.

"'Smoke' is essentially about wanting someone that is just barely out of your reach," says Noelle. "We all know the feeling of wanting a true connection with a specific person, but that person is not interested, or they only view you as a late-night call."

"You take what you can get, hoping it leads to an actual relationship, only to wake up alone and no closer to that person than you were the night before."

She goes on, "For 'Smoke', we wanted the musical tension and lyrical tension to really work together. We use the word "ghost" in the song, so we tried to reflect the eeriness and mystery of that through the production. If Fleetwood Mac had put out a twangy country song, we feel like it would sound similar to this!

The idea was truthfully inspired by the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Bem says in reference to Sirius Black, "It's like trying to catch smoke... like trying to catch smoke with your bare hands." The lyrics are written more metaphorically, but the video takes the ghost story vibe very literally! We're so excited to be able to share this! "

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