On his second single to date, Moxley Rey unites with Jeff Carl to invite you to the “Garden.” A salubrious mix of soothing indietronica, left-of-centre pop and euphoric EDM, Moxley Rey’s chameleonic production style perfectly propels Carl’s pensive and hopeful vocal lines. Rapturous strings build a soothing wall of sound, before the track switches gears towards the stratosphere. An unforgettable chopped vocal melody is hammered home by a stadium-sized drumline, with Carl’s honeyed tones floating high above.
GARDEN in their own words
Moxley Rey – I had written a song called “Garden” and wanted to just get a nice vocal demo of it, so I showed Drew Southwell, Josh’s brother, at the end of a session I had with him in LA, and he kindly recorded my vocals for it, and that was that. On to the proverbial hard drive it went. Months later, Drew circled back expressing interest in the song for this new producer project for his brother Josh, called Moxley Rey, and I loved the idea, and now here we are, in all our collaborative glory.
Jeff Carl – Basically, “Garden” is trying to capture the emotional juxtaposition of the moment in a dying relationship when you start to realize it’s over. On one hand, you’re happy to finally acknowledge what you’ve known for a while, that the ship’s going down, but on the other hand, you’re remembering your entire history with someone that you love. That’s why I was obsessed with the imagery of a garden, something that literally represents time, energy, and investment. You spend so much time toward the end of a relationship, as you should, fighting to make things work or trying anything possible to find hope for survival, but there’s this beautifully sad moment when I think the relationship officially dies when you stop trying. When you let go of your grip. I was imagining this scenario of, from a distance, seeing your partner flirting with someone inside of this garden, and instead of the usual feelings of betrayal, jealousy, possessiveness, or anger, you actually kind of secretly feel relieved, cause it means your partner is starting to let go too. You feel the weight of your history together, and it’s sad, but you also feel the first glimmer of light peeking through from the future, a future where you and your partner are happy again, just not with each other.
About Moxley Rey – Moxley Rey is an electronic-pop artist and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. Having completed a bachelors in sound production at JMC University in Brisbane and growing up learning guitar, drums and piano, Moxley Rey combines elements of organic instruments with modern electronic synths and tones to create dynamic atmospheres and beats. Moxley Rey’s first single ‘Better For It’ was released via YouTube giant Chill Nation and their subsidiary label, Lowly. Moxley Rey is a composer/producer for TV/Film on the side having written for networks such as E!, ITV and TBS.
About Jeff Carl – Jeff Carl is an independent, Nashville-based alt-pop artist and songwriter. Since 2011, he’s released three EPs and more recently a couple of singles teasing a full-length record, Adventure Bible, that’s been three years in the making. The soon-to-be-released album chronicles his adolescent life as a gay kid leaving the church and the curveballs that followed. One of the singles, “Buried in New York”, enjoyed a Billboard music video premiere, a validating honour made sweeter by the fact the video was directed and shot by two of Jeff’s brothers, Ryan and John Carl. When he’s not working on his own music or selling his weight in tacos to pay for it, Jeff can be found writing for film and tv (Shameless, Siren, Siesta Key) and for other friends’ and artists’ projects (Trove, Jackie Castro, Tolan Shaw, Imaginary After), and when he’s not doing THAT, he’s watching Avatar, playing Animal Crossing, and spending too much quarantine money on smart bulbs.