moon:and:6 is the moniker of Canadian multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and recording engineer Michael Chambers. Out on March 31, 2017, A Brief History of American Space Travel marks his debut as a solo artist.
At 29 minutes in length, A Brief History of American Space Travel is a mini concept album that tells the story of the American space program from 1958 to 2011. It’s an immersive musical chronology that gets richer with each listen, due in large part to Chambers’ meticulous production work.
Chambers’ early forays into music production began with sound-
on-sound tape experiments at age 12. Years of classical piano training followed by formal training as an audio engineer led to a brief tenure at a major record label in the 1990s, before joining then-nascent Canadian indie rock band The Golden Dogs as guitarist and in-house recording engineer.
Starting in 2007, Chambers worked under the mentorship of the late Dan Achen (Junkhouse). Working under the name moon:and:6, Chambers soon became a regular fixture at Achen’s Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He recorded and mixed Whitehorse’s self-titled debut in 2011, followed by their 2013 Polaris Prize shortlisted album The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss (Six Shooter Records/Warner Music).
While Chambers’ work on other artists’ productions remains deliberately transparent, his solo work contains distinct nods to French downtempo, 1990s post-rock and the experimental nature of mad men like Brian Eno and Steve Reich. The result is post-rock inspired intelligent dance music that fuses synthesized tones, twangy guitars and crunchy drums.
A Brief History of American Space Travel is one of those records that was created with the studio used as an instrument. As such, it remains organic, vivid, and capable of immersing the listener into the story it passionately shares. Chambers’ passion for storytelling, coupled with a knack for finding and transforming archival audio samples into musical mayhem make this debut album a bold and promising start.