A View of Earth from the Moon’s debut LP, Closer to a Ghost, is an unashamed mashup of noisy 90’s Britpop, uninhibited garagey rudeness, and anthemic melodies that take the listener to a place where loudness is king.
“I’m out there on my own with this one. I guess you could call it a solo record because this was the first time I did everything by myself. No live band in the studio, just me racking up countless hours of studio time, haha.”
“Closer to a Ghost” is meant for an audience that likes loud and unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll. The album celebrates being “over the top” and many of Fickes’s influences are unmistakable. It’s “everything I’ve always wanted a record to be.” The twelve exciting tracks exhibit everything from blind irreverence to crippling obsession; from selfless love to complete emptiness; from boundless joy to unshakable regret.
Singer/songwriter, Jonathan Fickes, is the sum of a farm town childhood spent listening to 60’s pop, a young adulthood playing folk music in New York City, and years spent in the vibrant Seattle indie rock scene with bands such as To the Sea and The Fraidies.
“Closer to a Ghost” was recorded in Seattle by Shawn Simmons (The Head and the Heart, My Goodness, Lemolo) and mixed in L.A. by Bryan Cook (OneRepublic, Train)
“Quintessential rock.” – Analog Digital Blog
“Classic power pop album.” – The Soul of a Clown
“Sincere delivery, epic lyrics.” Jezebel Music
“Infectious.” – Northwest Music Scene
Jon Fickes – Guitars, vocals
Navid Eliot – Bass
Drums – Jesse Proctor
Guitar – Even Gackstatter
“rafters-rattling maximum power pop and lush, fully flowing romantic threnodies for people who have been aching for a big-sounding broken hearted new masterpiece for a while. All eras of widescreen jangle are tapped; all flavors of vibrant power pop are robustly present. ” –Paste Magazine
“Seattle singer/songwriter Jonathan Fickes is behind A View of Earth from the Moon and its invigorating, classically Big Beat-kissed debut feels like a stunning emotional discovery; almost like seeing your existence for the first time from space.” –Huffington Post
“Seattle’s Jonathan Fickes has tapped many flavors in this release. The vintage sound and singing on “I Had to Go In to Come Back Out Again” that instantly channels Tom Petty. The blissful “How I Lost You” which has memorable intimacy and deep meaning and the standout track “Distance Runner” which has the ability to describe the wonders of the mind and is quite comical. –No Depression
“It’s not often that albums can evoke a strain of nostalgia while still presenting something new and re-listen worthy. It’s what every music fan wishes when a favorite band puts out a new album that never holds up to the expectation. A View of Earth from the Moon’s album “Closer to a Ghost” is the first album from the band, but it greets you like an old friend with the contradiction of new and familiar sounds.” –Big Takeover
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