Already well-known for his work as a member of Australian group Miami Horror, Joshua Moriarty is unveiling War Is Over, the first album from his nascent solo project. After releasing the album’s dreamy first single last month, Moriarty is finally putting out his first full body of work, with a standout single “All I Want Is You”. Listen here. While the LA based New Zealander is still very-much involved with Miami Horror and his 3-piece group All The Colours, this new project is in no way a side-thought serving as a bonafide outlet for the musician to express himself and his musical vision for years to come.
The album’s first single, “R.T.F.L.”, displayed a fresh style for Moriarty, deviating from Miami Horror disco-inspired electro-pop in favor of a uniquely sophisticated pop styling. The remainder of the album combines this sophisticated pop aesthetic with familiar Miami Horror musical elements, reintroducing MH’s lush vibes and disco undertones. Perhaps the most exemplary tune from the album is “All I Want Is You”, perfectly straddling Miami Horror’s roots and Moriarty’s newfangled pop aesthetic.
Moriarty describes the project in his own words:
My current ethos is to create compositions to arouse the senses and make one remember there is no real purpose on this planet other than to imbibe as much sensual pleasure as one can. It is music to make you feel (at least for a moment) that you are not alone, to capture in aural form the ephemeral grace of existence. Yet, on the other hand the music is mere art for art’s sake, completely useless, beautiful for the sake only of beauty. A dichotomy of point and pointlessness. War Is Over is designed as a modern day opus of existential desire, longing, sensuality, and what it means to human.
And additionally supplies this accompanying quote from poet Oscar Wilde:
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.
War Is Over is now available via all major digital outlets. With album number two nearly completed and number three already in the works, as well as Moriarty’s podcast “The Bottom Of It“, we can expect plenty more from this new project.