"Moon Racer is the Rudolph-inspired alias of North Carolina songwriter Autumn E. Her new album, Is It Really a Secret?, comes out in April on Orindal Records, the little label founded by bedroom pop trail-blazer Owen Ashworth of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Advance Base.
"Like some of Ashworth's best songs, plus all-time favorites by Beach House and Au Revoir Simone, 'New Crush' is a dream-like exercise in mood and melody, a droopy-eyed blur of percussive loops, delicate vocals, and light tape hiss. The lovelorn lyrics read like flash fiction: 'Heard where you were, wrote the address down / dragged my friends with me across downtown / waited outside 'til we got freaked out.' But they're mixed low and sung lazily, a reminder that narrative is just one gear in Moon Racer's hypnosis-inducing machine.
"'This song is about what a relief it is to finally like someone new, for the first time in a long time," Moon Racer explained in an email. "And then, realizing what a weirdo it's turned you into.'"