On 26 September, Raf Rouco released, Shoot The Moon, 50 years, to the day, after the Beatles released Abbey Road.
This is Raf’s third record, the previous ones being, The Conformist in 2002 and Night Flower in 2006. These records received critical acclaim and were listed as Top 10 Records of Year by Rhythms Magazine and the Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun. Keith Glass wrote in Rhythms, “The whole thing sounds like a late period Beatles/Big Star influenced Nashville recording back in the days when experimentation was in vogue in that town. Guests, like Sam McNally add extra class while Rouco’s multi-layered guitars are perfect … the songs aching and ethereal.”
Shoot the Moon was recorded at Love Hz studios by Michael Carpenter and playing on the record is the great Sam McNally along with Michael Carpenter, Jason Walker, Alex Stuart, Ellen Kirkwood and Laura Corney. Shoot The Moon evokes the earthier sonic landscape of late 60s’ and early 70s’ records, by groups such as Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Big Star, Bowie and The Band – it’s a ‘B’ thing. It is a warm, sophisticated album with clear country and soul influences wrapped up in ambitious arrangements, layered harmonies and yearning lyrics.