After releasing ‘Walking Like We Do’ with The Big Moon, drummer Fern Ford is now venturing out with a solo track, ‘Match’.
It’s a different sound than what you might expect, as Ford has distanced her solo work from the sound of her band; it is an ambient instrumental piece reminiscent of Jehnny Beth an RY-X. You can hear Ford’s desire to release something different with the style of the drums. Unlike the fast, classically indie drums in The Big Moon, ‘Match’ shows off Ford’s talent for making MIDI drum tracks.
The Welsh musician told NME that she started writing eight years ago, but imposters syndrome meant that it has taken until now for her to release it. ‘Match’ is about trusting your intuition and you can feel that in the tone of the music. There is an almost timid approach as the song begins with a MOTHXR style beat.
As more sounds join the drums, it feels as if something bigger is approaching, but it is not clear what that thing is. As the song reaches the halfway point, Ford teases us with a sound that suggests that this a track with a dark feeling, but instead it as positive and hopeful. It feels as if Ford is saying that although you may not know the result of something, if you follow your instincts something brilliant may creep on you.
It’ll be interesting to see how Ford’s new musical outlet will influence The Big Moon’s next album; we could be seeing the four-piece go for a more laid-back indie sound, like Foals’ Spanish Sahara.
The Big Moon are back on tour in 2021:
01/03 – Glasgow, The Garage
02/03 – Newcastle, Riverside
03/03 – Manchester, Academy 2
05/03 – Sheffield, The Leadmill
06/03 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
07/03 – Cardiff, The Tramshed
08/03 – Brighton, Concorde 2
10/03 – London, Forum