Voice Of Lovers is Daniel Benjamin's first full-length release as Moon King since his embrace of underground disco and synthpop, recorded between Toronto & Detroit following the release of "In & Out", his 2017 debut track for Montreal label Arbutus Records (Tops, Sean Nicholas Savage).
there are a lot of quick cuts and transitions and the songs are pretty short, it's meant to feel a bit breathless or disorienting, like driving around and dropping in at a few different clubs in a night. lyrically the songs are little stories from the last couple of years...... trying to live in the US as a non-citizen, listening to records at the apartment in Hamtramck, late nights out at parties like Freakish Pleasures and Macho City, trips with the crew to Montreal, being on tour during the 2016 US election, spending the holidays alone in Detroit, the deaths of George Michael & Prince and the unfinished Moon King record from 2015. it's dark and fun and a little nihilistic but ultimately positive.
Moon King is the alias of producer, singer & songwriter Daniel Benjamin. Born in Toronto, the musician recently moved to Detroit, where the musically fertile & offbeat neighborhood of Hamtramck became both his home and the subject material for a new set of recordings. Hamtramck '16 documents his arrival into a new and unfamiliar environment combined with a growing obsession for underground dance music, a sound & spirit that has always felt right at home in Detroit.
Collaborating with local artists & musicians, and having the freedom to stretch out after several years of constant touring, Daniel put together a completely new band with a sound drawing from dance music's early days, from post-disco pioneers like Klein & MBO, to the house music of Larry Heard, and up through the more pop-oriented songcraft of the Bee Gees or Prince. Daniel's attention to detail in production, and willingness to break the mold of what he sees as his own potential, have made him an interesting figure to watch. With Hamtramck '16 he has created a lo-fi pop gem that will leave listeners eager to hear what comes next.