Amber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson make up Moonchild, a Los Angeles trio whose bright, starry, jazz-neo-soul beams with mellow instrumentations and Navran’s delicate, airy vocals. Their latest record, Voyager, carries vibes that fluctuate between space-age jazz to floaty R&B, but elevates it to a new level by adding a harpist and strings players alongside the founding band members. Prior to Voyager, the two of the original members embarked on solo endeavors within the last year — Bryk released Reverie EP and Mattson completed his debut Solo in September of last year.
It’s refreshing to see the band come back together and see how they’ve grown as individuals and contribute that growth to Moonchild. Voyager is another effort to cement themselves within the LA jazz scene, though their list of collaborators and supporters includes Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, the Internet, Robert Glasper Experiment, Jose James, and Jazzy Jeff.
Moonchild, Tracy Cruz
The New Parish
June 22, 2017