The Moonsets (formerly The Flumes) conjure up a lushly funky, dark and sparkling, intoxicating brew. Electric Harp pours out psychedelic melodies over stylin' rhythms laced with soulful vocals. Splashing out a luscious live sound, The Moonsets transcend genres leaving you spellbound in their wake.
Harper Kayt Wallace immerses herself in 36 strings of Electric Harp, artfully bending the organic tones of this ancient instrument with wah and delay stylings as her smoky vocals sweep from whispers to roars combined with the rich grooves of songwriting partner Stephan Beattie on Bass/Guitar and the playful rhythms of Andrea Joy Norden on skins.
Acknowledged with highly commended 4 times in the Blues & Roots, Folk and World categories of the QLD Music Awards, it’s difficult to pin these musical adventurers down to one genre. Let’s just say The Moonsets create an exquisitely eclectic subtropical blend of psychedelic folk laced with soul funk, blues, jazz and a splash of reggae but be prepared to have your preconceptions blown in the best possible way.
Received warmly both on festival stages and intimate venues, The trio have performed at the following soirees as The Flumes; MONA, Folk Rhythm & Life, Woodford, Earth Frequency, Floating Land, Island Vibe, Kuranda Roots and Palm Creek festivals, and have had the pleasure to support Mojo Juju, The Church, WooHoo Revue, Kingfisha and Violent Femmes.
The Things People Say...
"This band weave you around their finger and take you on trip into those exotic and not so distant lands.
It’s great to hear a cohesive album rich with new ideas and new twists. There is also something intangibly great about them being from out own shores. I would predict a good future for these guys if they keep pushing the envelope with these already high standards".
"You quickly realise that The Flumes are the perfect end-of-week cure".
"She’s hot as blue fire how she manipulates the electric harp into a sound that’s all her own. She does for the electric harp what Jean Luc Ponty did for the electric violin adding wah and psychedelic textures to what is traditionally thought to be a more classical instrument. Wallace’s harp streams solid warmth seamlessly in a clean medley of folk and jazz and accompanied by her unique vocal delivery, weaving both subtle whispers and soulful flair, makes for an outstanding front woman.
All we can say now is “We want more!”
"Like pixies cavorting through an opium den in an albino rastafarian daydream. The Flumes seamlessly weave the organic tones of the giant harp with dubby grooves and rhythms - creating a lush cinematic brew".
"The Flumes are one of those rare musical finds that seem impossible to pigeonhole into one genre. So when listening to their hypnotising new EP, I gave up completely and allowed myself to be carried along on the meandering psychedelic ride that is "Swell".
"The earthiness of this group can be felt during any live performance where it is very easy to be swept away by their soothing yet soulful show. With a solid fan base and keen interest from music lovers The Flumes will no doubt bring a certain element of richness to the Kuranda Roots Festival where punters will get a taste of what this extraordinary group has to offer".
"The sound of the Electric Harp was intense, bass rounding out the edges and chick drummer Bam Bam tactfully placing a solid back bone to this soul-wrenching melodic orgasm, it truely was the first time I have been so mesmerized by such sounds… I will be heading out to see this band again..."
“It’s 1am on a Friday night. Lock & Load has just turned its lights on so everyone can see my drunk-ass face. I’ve had an unexpectedly embarrassing night which for the last hour I’ve been trying to kill with beer. I came here tonight to watch The Flumes, a friend’s band. The harpist – yes, this band has a harp. It’s about 6ft high, bright blue and electrified – is an old school friend of mine, Kayt. With her floor-length skirt and waist-length hair, plucking the strings of her harp she looks like she’s on a break from her real job of swimming about underwater and luring seamen to their deaths”.