“Listen Up!” It’s time to get to know Moodbay and their sparkling, new single “Like Nobody Else.” This is something a little bit different from the electronic duo, a track in which they dug down into the influences of their youth to create a song full of teen angst. Singer and poet Anna Stephens was inspired to write it after seeing the beautiful figure of the ancient Italian goddess, Venus. What really moved Stephens was, in her view, a sight of beautiful human essence, not so much anything having to do with actual flesh and blood.
On the musical side of things, her partner, producer Alfie Cattell, has developed a slick indie vibe that combined with a standout chorus and a driving, 1980s new wave-influenced synth line makes for a fun, dreamlike summer tune. “Like Nobody Else” may conjure up fond memories of Christine and The Queens, The Pretenders, and even Blondie.
With some words about the new song, Cattell and Stephens said, “We hope people enjoy our new single! ‘Like Nobody Else’ is all about being mesmerized by someone, and likening them to a work of art. It follows a dance track we brought out last week called ‘I Got You.’ We like to mix up the genres. Moodbay have loads more singles on the way for the rest of the year.”
Based in the North East, UK, Moodbay specialize in creating their own brand of electropop, influenced by genres as varied as R&B and classical. The duo refers to their sound as ‘moodpop,’ a term that accurately captures the spirit and diversity of their music. Cattell and Stephens agreed to begin working together as a unit in 2017 after they met in the corridor of BIMM Institute, a well-respected music school in Manchester. Before that, Stephens’ roots go back to Paris where she worked at a magazine house. It was while she was studying French at Oxford that she began to put her own poetry to piano, which helped her realize that she may have a talent for this thing called music. Also a talented pianist, Cattell grew up in North Wales where he taught himself how to play, recreating music from the video game Zelda on an old Yamaha keyboard. With his studio skills and edgy pop stylings, he is the perfect musical partner to go along with Stephens’ strong vocal range.
With their journey still relatively new, there remains much to see and much to do for this talented duo. As they continue to evolve, we have a sneaking suspicion that moodpop is going to continue to become a much more prevalent subgenre within this giant world of pop music.