Minor Moon “It’s Okay” Release + Jessica Risker

Minor Moon “It’s Okay” Release + Jessica Risker

Sat · May 26 2018

9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Minor Moon
Minor Moon
“It’s Okay,” the forthcoming single from Minor Moon, is an exploration of detachment: a song packed with the existential dread resulting from a life oversaturated by the incessant hum of commercial media. “I can be very cynical and take a dark view of things,” singer/songwriter Sam Cantor says, “but that cynicism is rooted so much in a desire for hope and for a better world – you have to acknowledge the pain of that cynicism.”

“It’s Okay” sees Cantor delivering aesthetic ease with thematic tension. Wrangling a range of influences into something indefinable and complex, Minor Moon puts forth a hopeful effort, featuring vocals sung softly over melodic piano and guitar lines that ebb and flow in trembling refrains and precipitous chord changes.

Below the surface, it's a song that freely advertises Cantor’s disillusion –and vague sense of impending dread – while acknowledging at the same time a need to be mindful of his own flaws and engage with difficult situations without seeking an easy escape. Concerning itself with technological domination, mind corruption, and alienation from one's surroundings, the song, true to intent, nonetheless reminds us that even our most futile attempts at self-soothing, like saying it's okay when it's not, reveal a very authentic desire to affirm and survive - even when we may not know how to.

Since their inception in 2015, Minor Moon has released a full-length record, a five-song EP and played nearly a hundred shows. The band features Cantor, Nathan Bojko, Michael Downing and Colin Drozdoff.
Jessica Risker
Jessica Risker
Jessica Risker is an American musician and visual artist based in Chicago, Illinois. Risker also performs under the name DEADBEAT. Risker’s music fluctuates between electro-psychedelic/experimental albums and psych-folk songs. Currently, Risker is performing songs from her newly released psych-folk album "I See You Among The Stars" out via Austin label Western Vinyl. "Approaching craft with tangible sense of reverence, Jessica Risker finds something sacred-sounding in the body of her guitar. She explores the stillness of air. She explores the moment between event and perception of event. Light is refracted between elements, gentle surrealism is introduced to the psychedelic-folk progressions. There’s no music-box on this track, but still something chimes beneath the distorted electronic wave that washes in." - Pop Bollocks, March 2018
Venue Information:
Hungry Brain
2319 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL, 60618