The Moon is a cover originally by Irena Žilić, a Croatian singer-songwriter. Ross fell in love with the song when they shared a bill in Zagreb with Irena and asked her permission to cover it. Skye added another verse to it and that is where the album title Blackest Blue came from.
Talking about the track, Skye says; its about following the light of the moon and tapping into its powerful luminous energy, harnessing its positivity to escape the depression and darkness.
Pioneers of the British music scene, Blackest Blue will be the band’s 10th studio album in a discography that spans three decades. 2020 saw Morcheeba unable to tour or perform live, which gave Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey time to write songs and really get to hone them, as Godfrey puts it. There werent so many pressures so we could really take our time getting the songs right, adds Edwards. The result of this time is a refined 10 track album that fuses previous incarnations and sound of the band – such as downbeat, chill, electro-pop and soul – into one cohesive record that delves into the soul of the bands genre-mashing musical heritage. As usual, the band didnt approach the album with any pre-conceptions, and instead created an organic journey that represents everything great about Morcheeba.
Edwards lyrics are primarily focused on positivity and overcoming personal adversity that lies within. Sounds Of Blue, is a stunning cut that puts Skye Edward’s sultry vocals to the forefront, floating high above an ethereal backdrop, and touches upon her recent free diving experience in Thailand and my new found confidence and love of the ocean above and below, says Edwards.
The album includes features with Duke Garwood (known for his work with Mark Lanegan, amongst others) and Brad Barr (The Slip, The Barr Brothers). I managed to get hold of him on the phone and asked him to be on our album, says Godfrey on how they came to collaborate with Barr. I sent him a rough piano demo I had played and he sent back the bones of Say its Over. Skye completed the melody and a lyric and we had a stone cold break up song on our hands. It is a real stand out track for me, heavy as a ton.