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The word everyone comes back to when describing Montreal indie rockers Half Moon Run is “complex” (The Guardian, Exclaim, et al.) Whether they’re billed as dreamy alt-pop, bucolic altfolk, or psychedelic indie rock, the four multi-instrumentalists—Devon Portielje (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion), Conner Molander (vocals, guitar, keyboard, piano, pedal steel, bass, harmonica), Dylan Phillips (vocals, drums, piano, keyboard), and Isaac Symonds (vocals, drums, mandolin, synth, bass)—have built their name on cerebral, acrobatic arrangements and harmonies that lilt prettily till they turn feral. Their first album Dark Eyes (Indica, 2012) placed two A-list singles on BBC Radio 1 and went platinum in Canada, earning them a nod as a Rolling Stone “band to watch.” They followed up with Sun Leads Me On (Glassnote, 2015), which had them touring furiously through Europe and North America and got them a Juno nod for Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2016. Their third album drops in 2019.