Thirteen Moons’ 1987 album, ‘Origins,’ is something of a paradox. It may sing of Summer but there’s something of falling Autumn leaves about it. Beautiful, cascading, silver streams of guitar trickle around oaky cello, graceful flushes of saxophone, wistful piano, joyous percussion and lilting violins. And there’s another contradiction – although a Swedish trio, Thirteen Moons, curiously, had something of a very English pastoral elegance. Evoking, as it does, a Kodak dreamscape of distant spires and dewy village greens, ‘Origins’ slots somewhere between Virginia Astley’s ‘From Garden Where We Feel Secure’ and Maurice Deebank (of Felt’s) ‘Inner Thought Zone.’ Yet Goran Klintberg’s yearning, possibly regretful voice helps put the record in a nostalgic context – these are pining songs for seasons long since passed.
Klas Sjögren has written a 70 page biography of the band. ‘Thirteen Moons – On A Further Note,’ is available here : http://thirteenmoons.azurewebsites.net/