Moon Looks On is the musical project of Irish singer-songwriter Stephen Gormley. Originally a trance DJ from Sligo, Stephen picked up a guitar for the first time 10 years ago. So instant was his connection with the instrument, and so blatant was his talent as a musician, that in 2014 he decided to move to Dublin to study for a degree in Commercial Modern Music at BIMM Dublin. That was in 2015 and he hasn’t looked back since. Moon Looks On subsequently released an eponymous, five-track EP that garnered enough attention for the band to be booked to perform at Other Voices (2016), Electric Picnic (2017), Sligo Live (2017), Westport Arts Festival (2017) and Knockanstockan (2018) and Somerset House London (2017). There's a debut album planned for later this year.
Latest single Sorry State Blues carries that timeless gospel sound which brings joy into the heart and soul. How easily can an original piece turn into a classic? In case of Moon Looks on and the latest single the answer is simple - in a blink of an eye. Stephen Gormley once again presents himself as a fine writer who feels right at home in the gospel music.
The harmonies from the band create a stand-out song where the rhytmic clapping is an essential element and adds to the atmosphere. As is typical in these songs, the theme is quite serious one, expressing emotions, worries and sins of a human being.
"....there's blood on my hands from the killing fields.."
The video was recorded live in Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin. If a song like this one can't make you instantly sing along, we don't know what can.