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Closer to a Ghost

by A View of Earth from the Moon

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POPPHIL An outstanding indie power pop-rock record.
Every single song is brimming with hooks and catchy melodies as well as lush instrumentation, culminating with ‘All I’ve Got Is Rock ’n’ Roll’, the penultimate track which sounds like Jonathan Fickes’ mission statement.
Here’s hoping there is one day a follow-up to such a brilliant debut album.
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Michiganderik Every track on this album is super catchy and the pop/rock hooks abound. I was introduced to AVOEFTM via my local college radio station, WIDR (Kzoo) when they played Distance Runner. Even though this album has been around for a while, I am hoping that Fickes and Co. are planning on making more music
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“rafters-rattling maximum power pop and lush, fully flowing romantic threnodies for people who have been aching for a big-sounding broken hearted new masterpiece for a while. All eras of widescreen jangle are tapped; all flavors of vibrant power pop are robustly present. ” –Paste Magazine

Seattle singer/songwriter Jonathan Fickes is behind A View of Earth from the Moon and its invigorating, classically Big Beat-kissed debut feels like a stunning emotional discovery; almost like seeing your existence for the first time from space. As he sings in the epic cloud-sweep of the single “Distance Runner,” ‘are you running away, or are you chasing something?’ -Huffington Post

“Seattle’s Jonathan Fickes has tapped many flavors in this release. The vintage sound and singing on “I Had to Go In to Come Back Out Again” that instantly channels Tom Petty. The blissful “How I Lost You” which has memorable intimacy and deep meaning and the standout track “Distance Runner” which has the ability to describe the wonders of the mind and is quite comical. –No Depression

“It’s not often that albums can evoke a strain of nostalgia while still presenting something new and re-listen worthy. It’s what every music fan wishes when a favorite band puts out a new album that never holds up to the expectation. A View of Earth from the Moon’s album “Closer to a Ghost” is the first album from the band, but it greets you like an old friend with the contradiction of new and familiar sounds.” –Big Takeover

A View of Earth from the Moon’s debut LP, Closer to a Ghost, is an unashamed mashup of noisy 90’s Britpop, uninhibited garagey rudeness, and anthemic melodies that take the listener to a place where loudness is king.

“I’m out there on my own with this one. I guess you could call it a solo record because this was the first time I did everything by myself. No live band in the studio, just me racking up countless hours of studio time, haha.”

“Closer to a Ghost” is meant for an audience that likes loud and unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll. The album celebrates being “over the top” and many of Fickes’s influences are unmistakable. It’s “everything I’ve always wanted a record to be.” The twelve exciting tracks exhibit everything from blind irreverence to crippling obsession; from selfless love to complete emptiness; from boundless joy to unshakable regret.

Recorded in Seattle by Shawn Simmons (The Head and the Heart, My Goodness, Lemolo) at Studio Litho and by Jesse Proctor at Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mixed in L.A. by Bryan Cook (OneRepublic, Train)


released December 3, 2017


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A View of Earth from the Moon Seattle, Washington

Singer/songwriter, Jonathan Fickes, is the sum of a farm town childhood spent listening to 60’s pop, a young adulthood playing folk music in New York City, and years spent in the vibrant Seattle indie rock scene with bands such as To the Sea and The Fraidies. ... more

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