The best thing about the past is that once you learn from it, the power and pain of it no longer controls you. London ensemble, Harker Moon — Tommy Down (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Hal Briggs (bass guitar), Ben Phillips (drums), and Elliot Linsey (lead guitar) — run with this philosophical charm on their debut single “Muma Says.” A dash of contemporary soul, Motown-pop hooks, and a whole bunch of heart ripples, stream downwards to a genuine retrospection in how you treat the one’s you love.
“The story of ‘Muma Says’ begins at a point of recollection: the narrator harks to his past and warns the listener not to make the same mistakes in love that he did,” explains frontman Tommy Down.
The heavy sedation of regret that washes from Down’s vocals on the opening lines find solace with the piano. The cathartic marriage between the two results as a smoky breath of wisdom and maturity. Raw emotion becomes a polished rhythm and a swing of relief towards the end. Echoing from the past into a cinematic rush of classic blues, Harker Moon’s honest portrayal is a strong hint of what is to come from the band. Almost projecting these same sentiments, Down further explains: “The happy and nostalgic themes of the song echo the temperamental world we live in but are intended to leave the listener feeling hopeful for the future.”