- Jennifer Janz
THE ROYAL BELGIAN CONSPIRACY - HOLD ON
The Royal Belgian Conspiracy is the brainchild of lead singer and songwriter Moozy. Moozy trained as a jazz musician; however, he was always more drawn to indie-folk and alt-country music and these influences are evident on the outfit’s new track Hold On.
And if you were wondering about the band name, the origins derive from Moozy’s Belgian roots; there was a Baron in his family (apparently the ‘Conspiracy’ reference was added for punch).
The track is just the kind of indie alt-folk pop song that’s guaranteed to soothe and assuage, the type of track one might hear over the closing credits of a feel-good dramedy that’s earnestly romantic without succumbing to total sentimentalism. Moozy’s voice is a clear reminder of an assortment of other artists: it’s a little Damien Rice and Justin Townes Earle, and the band sound contains some of the exuberance of The Lumineers and august allure of Fleet Foxes.
Hold On is a sparse sounding record, an element that helps maintain a sense of intimacy and closeness, without eschewing dynamism or changes in sonic texture. The song features a tangible evocation of hope and positivity with a lyric whose narrative reflects that—this is quite personal people, but it’s the kind of personal that’s universal; and it sounds like it.
‘‘ Really, I just want some people to like my music enough to be drawn to listen to it on their own accord.
As Moozy says about his songs, ‘Really, I just want some people to like my music enough to be drawn to listen to it on their own accord. That would give me enormous satisfaction.’ Part of the satisfaction the listener will feel emanates from the well-balanced portions of surprise and predictability.
With one flourish we can anticipate the chorus’ arrival, with another we can relish its sweet and revelatory intonations. Hold On is also latently persuasive; long after those end repetitions dissolve, you just might notice the reverberations of some of the melodic passages swirling in your head, a lilting and congenial after effect.
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