Run Away (Acoustic)

Released: 19 May 2023

Label: Tru Thoughts

“Run Away (Acoustic)” is the new single from LA-based trio Moonchild; Amber Navran, Andris Mattson, and Max Bryk. Originally taken from the band’s highly-acclaimed third album ‘Voyager’ (2017), Moonchild strip back the synth-heavy textures on “Run Away”, transforming it into a serene and expansive acoustic version. Talking about the new single and the process of revisiting old songs, the West Coast trio add:

“When thinking of songs we wanted to reimagine in a more acoustic setting, ‘Run Away’ immediately came to mind. The album version from ‘Voyager’ is synth and drum-heavy, so it felt like, between the harmony instruments and drums, there was so much room for us to rework it into something a lot more laid-back. We started by stripping everything down to just guitar and upright piano. Then we lowered the key to have Amber’s vocal sit in a more mellow register. Everything else fell into place quickly.”

“Run Away (Acoustic)” follows the beginning of Moonchild’s reflections project with “The List (Acoustic)”, inspired by their iconic Tiny Desk session (now sitting at 4.7 million views) and also from the renowned album ‘Voyager’. “The List (Acoustic)” was paired with a video directed and edited by the talented Phil Beaudreau (who’s also a phenomenal musician and producer in his own right). The music video acts as a visual postcard to a decade of Moonchild touring as a band, “In brainstorming, Amber came up with the idea of playing around with that old vintage U.S. National Park poster-style animation”, Andris adds. The band have just finished up their second US ‘Starfruit’ tour in April, heading to new cities around the country due the success of ‘Starfruit’.

Both acoustic releases showcase Moonchild’s appreciation for new instrumentation, the influence of their live shows, and their constantly developing creative perspectives. The two acoustic versions follow Moonchild’s fifth studio album ‘Starfruit’ which was nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album at the 2023 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards.