There’s a certain freedom that comes with producing your first body of work. No pressure from fans or studio executives — and the creative experimentation that comes along while trying to define your identity as an artist is liberating.
That’s the process that Billy Moon went through while writing That Which You Can’t Throw Away. The flip side of making music in solitude is the arduousness of the recording process, which can be a lot for just one person. Eventually enlisting the help of a close friend who had just opened up a quaint recording studio in the west end of Toronto. Billy Moon entered the studio in January with songs skeletons and came out five, cold, dark days later with the EP he’s shared exclusively with Indie88 today.
Billy Moon’s end result is a five track EP, that sounds surprisingly written for summer. A mix of brutally honest west coast surf tracks, That Which You Can’t Throw Away comes across as an authentic progression of natural songwriting; rubbing dirt in the face of over-produced “summer anthem” imitations.
Billy Moon gave us a rundown on each song on the album. Take a look at what he had to say below:
“Thematically, the songs are all about holding on to something.
‘Different Song (Same Girl)’ and ‘Long Drawled Out’ are pretty self-explanatory. ‘Roads’ is about how I wonder where I’d be if I wasn’t doing music and I was a ‘normal person’. ‘Ghosts’ is pretty much my own version of Shakespeare’s ‘slings and arrows’ monologue, but I mean, every kid who took English in high school with a pen has written one of those.
In love songs, Darkness is nothing new. Does anybody remember that one song that was basically a guy explaining a suicide pact to his girlfriend? I was at a coffee house in high school and I think I saw 3 kids play it in one night. Even the cutest of kittens carry Pasteurella multocida, but that doesn’t stop us from liking cats.
‘Butterfly (Boyfriend’s Car)’ was written when I realized the darker side of longing; when it stops being a window into something you called beautiful, and when it turns into obsession. It made me realize, that to want a person you can no longer be with is essentially asking that person to be something else, something they are not– and cannot be. To see someone that you used to love, happy and full of life with another is fundamentally a good thing; the sad part is that it takes a dark part of you to see that and believe that you deserve to have that person back. That’s like saying that you want them dead.
It’s a record about how holding on to something can get you out of bed in the morning but can also keep you awake at night.”