Music

Joni In The Moon: War And Porn

Words by: Molly Schmidt


Joni In The Moon’s newest single and accompanying clip War and Porn will haunt your thoughts with its beautiful sound and hard hitting lyrics, backed by powerful yet simple visuals. Joni’s wide eyes stare at you from in front of a stark grey background, and in the first few lines she asks you;

Who stands up for the burning babies on swords?

Who stands up for the women?

Who stands up for the boys growing up on war and porn?”

The Perth duo features stargazing siblings Joni and Josh Hogan, who create otherworldly music that is hard to define yet so easy to become lost in. Described as having “folktronica, world beats, and poptronica leanings”, their new single develops their sound towards something a little heavier, further in the synth/electro poppy direction, feeling futuristic whilst commenting on political and social issues.

War and Porn is described as being part of the siblings’ sonic evolution as their lyrics shift from the nightmarish fairytale feel of previous works to a blunt yet poignant statement on the state of the world we live in. Joni’s eyes burn into you as she sings of war and a world that is crying, and the music builds getting heavier and more electronic as the song develops.

Joni explains:

 “War and Porn is my reaction to how awful it feels watching the news and feeling powerless to help. It’s about first-world problem guilt, and the personal battle I go through comparing my own white privilege against global atrocities. It’s the issue I have with a western media saturated with sex and violence, and how that infects the minds of our youths who then grow up to perpetrate such things.”

About a quarter of the way through the clip, a silver sort of rope seems to stretch its way slowly across Joni’s face, almost like a shimmering tattoo. When the camera zooms in, you notice the snakelike line is made up of letters, something that could be representative of newspapers, or the media that Joni critiques in the song.

This line/rope eventually makes its way into Joni’s mouth, which feels obtrusive and slightly disturbing as it keeps stretching into her ears and eyes. It seems to reflect restriction and a feeling of being stifled as Joni sings;

“’Cause baby there’s a bonfire in my mouth

Babe there’s a machine gun in my mouth

Baby there’s a fire-fight coming out

And I gotta let it out, gotta let it out”.

The line “I’m a sooky sooky cry baby” does slightly undermine the serious aspect of the song, however it also lightens the mood. As Joni goes on to sing “and the whole damn world is crying with me,” I wondered if her language choice purposefully critiques the ignorance of the privileged society we live in, as we “stay at home, crying about [our] boyfriend[s]” whilst “children are dying and that ain’t right.”

There is a deep feeling of regret and a powerful rage in Joni—you can feel it in her words, her voice, and the both measured and wild look in her eyes. Even with this hard-hitting energy, Joni’s voice is extremely beautiful, and her brother perfectly punctuates it with impossibly lush, cinematic soundscapes that show his impressive background as a film scorer, computer soundtrack composer and certified Ableton master.

It is extremely refreshing to see social and political issues presented in such an interesting and powerful way. Joni in the Moon is unafraid to be innovative, to be different, yet also be a voice that is meaningful and direct.

You can view the clip for yourself here:

 

And if you like their stuff head to their website for more: http://joniinthemoon.com.au.

Joni in the Moon will be launching their new single War and Porn at Mojos on Saturday the 1st of August. $10 tickets at the door, with part of the proceeds going to Oxfam’s oxjam initiative.