I usually have to listen to something two or three times to really get what’s under the surface of a recording, but with the release of In The Garden by The Collect Pond only took one outing to be hooked for more spins. This is a mesmerizing set of four tunes that instantly grabbed me the first time I heard it. The songwriting on this EP is top notch, and the recording itself also of the same but intended to be for low-fi buffs and with that being said it makes for a suitable release of the times which it reflects in every way.
In The Garden is all about the journey into what’s all around in reflection of Covid time, so it’s good to hear something in the immediacy of it. There is nothing really too sad on this EP, it’s just a wry capturing with a low-fi sound that works on awareness of the 2020 situations. The journey starts off by way of “Travelling” and you just know it’s going to be that kind of record, which is really just a mirror of musician Danny Moffat’s current life. And he is a musician that has been around, although based in the northwest.
If the next cut “Hieronymus Bosch” does anything right out of the gate, it would be the proof that there is a more serious artist worth exploring, among other things about Moffat which could use some investigating more of them same. This track is quite the work of art which might even benefit from a reworking in the future, as it seems to have wings to fly in a more electric direction. One thing is for sure, I was taken to another place the first time I heard these tracks, and this one stands out as much as any other.
I also noticed the epic magnum opus hiding on the EP, in the sleeper track “Washing The Dishes” being worth the price of admission alone. This is a song for which Danny Moffat can be proud of in every way, with everything from the descriptive mundane lyrics to the brilliant acoustic guitar work on display. I like this song the most and give it top marks out of all to be heard on In The Garden. You start to feel the influences and hear the experience level of Moffat, as well as noticing the quality of production behind it.
The EP closes with one of the more interesting cuts with the esoteric “In Between the Seasons” helping to more graphically depict the times in which it was recording during, and practically for. The conclusion of the one is similar to the previous song is how it shows the chops of the artist along with where he’s coming from in every department as an artist. It makes you glad to hear what is out there in one of the most trying times in world history from someone where the mountains are high and the valleys are low, so to speak.
by Bethany Page