Last night, the Northern Hemisphere was treated to a rare harvest moon in October. It was a special event—the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox, which fell on Sept. 22—especially since it usually happens in September.
The image of the moon and the emotions it conjures up inspires the new album from Arlington-based multi-instrumentalist James Wolf. In a new music video, musician and filmmaker Dennis Kane illustrates “Refuge,” an intense and layered track off of Wolf’s new album, That.
“The election haunts them all, pretty much like anything anyone else did at the time,” Wolf says of the inspiration behind his new album. “But more importantly, the moon does too. My composition process usually relies on a series of internal images which help me conceive of a piece sonically and emotionally, and help me judge during the 2 to 3 weeks that I work intensively on it whether it’s doing what it’s supposed to or not. For all three of these pieces, the moon was an important image—in its terrifying, comforting, and all other aspects. I don’t know why that was so important at this time, but there it is.”
James Wolf’s “That” comes out Oct. 27 on Verses Records. You can preorder it here.