Moonstone is an up-and-coming artist hailing from South West Sydney who has quickly made a name for himself in the music industry. His first two projects, “All Over The Joint” and “Roll In Peace,” have cemented his place as a force to be reckoned with in the industry. While the albums share many similarities, there are notable differences that make Moonstone’s evolution as an artist itchingly exciting.
Off the bat the artist makes a statement with his album titles. Both projects use wordplay in their titles to signify the use of marijuana, which says what it says, but both titles also portray the artists level of mental maturity throughout the period of their creation. It’s already very clever. The number of features and the featuring artists themselves are almost exactly the same in the two albums, with Moonstone’s siblings Ohmy and Jules appearing on a track each in both projects and MLB, the artist who mixed the first album, is also featured on a track in the new album, bringing a secret weapon kind of vibe with an unexpected drop accompanied by a killer flow switch in the last part of ‘White Wine In The Morning’.
What sets Moonstone apart is his refusal to be bound by societal expectations of how music should be made or genre categorisation. He unapologetically experiments with various speeds, notes, and energies, showing that he embraces the nature of art and accepts his own work even if every note isn’t perfect. This approach allows him to create music that is refreshing and unbound by convention. Only shooting stars break the mould.
One aspect in which Moonstone never fails to impress is his masterful lyricism. He literally references the popular Shrek song “All Star” by Smash Mouth in two tracks on his latest project. Showcasing his versatility and skill but mostly his confidence as an Australian Hip-Hop artist. All of the songs on both albums are crawling with double entendres, for those smart enough to catch them. Advanced wordplay is consistent through both projects. They have been created with substance and relatability. He speaks about things that matter and does so in a way that makes listeners feel good about having shared similar experiences with him.
While Moonstone’s first album, “All Over The Joint,” was a raw and fresh debut project, his latest work, “Roll In Peace,” showcases his growth both personally and sonically. The use of interludes and the involvement of Enki, the engineer who mixed and mastered the project, add a level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail that was not present as much in his debut album. Additionally, all of the beats on the project were made exclusively by one producer, Nez, giving it a more cohesive feel than the debut project.
The album art for both projects resembles the songs within, and when paired with their titles, gives listeners a sense of their direction before ever even hitting the play button, once the listening has begun it all makes total sense. “All Over The Joint” exudes a sense of fun and spontaneity, while “Roll In Peace” brings a feeling of wisdom and clarity. Yet, somehow both projects maintain that same contradictory sense of “I don’t know what the heck I’m doing, but I know what I need to do,” making them relatable, exciting and original in the best way possible.
Moonstone’s evolution as an artist has been impressive, and fans are eagerly anticipating what he will do next. With a commitment to experimentation, truth speaking, lyricism, and attention to detail, Moonstone is poised to continue making waves in the music industry.