By David Greenwald, Photo By Ace. Here’s a new act to get N*E*R*D-y about: Mansions On The Moon, an ATL-bred trio that will have you floating in space in no time. The band’s latest, “Leaves Fall,” is the perfect song for the end of autumn: a wistful synthesizer serenade that’s as smooth and warm as Mom’s hot chocolate. Except the band’s busy crying over spilled milk: “I’ll be sad when the leaves fall/And I’ll be sad when they grow back,” Ted Wendler whisper-sings to a lost lover, though he musters the pride to rise to a sunny major-key chorus a few seconds later. By the song’s end, he’s spun his loss around: “Will you remember what it is you lack?”
The song’s ’80s influence and vintage keyboard tones would make it an easy fit on the “Drive” soundtrack, or right after “Pumped Up Kicks” on your next mixtape — the group’s even remixed Foster The People’s “Life On A Nickel.” They’ve also earned kudos from the cool kids: Mansions On The Moon’s debut EP, Lightyears, was executive-produced by Pharrell Williams, while jamz connoisseur Diplo presented the band’s debut mixtape, “Paradise Falls,” alongside DJ Benzi. Mansions On The Moon is releasing their EP Lightyears track by track on their website over the coming weeks, but what are you waiting for? Press play and float on.
Mansions On The Moon – Leaves Fall (11′)