Lady Moon: Love is a “Rollercoaster”
Relationships are never easy. No matter how much two people might get along, there will inevitably be ups and downs. Our job is to decide in the difficult times whether it is worth it to make things better or to simply let go of the and move on to pick up the pieces. Lady Moon & The Eclipse describe a situation that led to the latter option with their single “Rollercoaster.” Taken from the Brooklyn band’s debut EP Believe, “Rollercoaster” tells the tale of two people who have been through so much uncertainty that our narrator, singer Ngonda Badila, has given up and is ready to move on.
Musically speaking, “Rollercoaster” contains moments that are relaxed and almost somber and then others that lean more toward the ethereal and downright trippy, all of which represent the possible range of emotions in a failing relationship. The song opens with a down tempo groove that highlights Jonathan Camuzeaux’s gurgling bass, which single handedly brings the song into a P-Funk kind of atmosphere. By the time Badila enters with the first verse, however, the music becomes more spacious, directing all attention to her buttery voice.
Badila’s opening lyrics sum up the song’s narrative pretty well as she sings, “What happened to the love we shared? / There was a time when we both cared.” It’s not an entirely original idea given how many relationships end in breakup, but Badila doesn’t approach it with anger, instead with a sense of sadness that later leads to resolve. The song’s chorus highlights the uncertainty of shaky relationships as she repeatedly describes hers as “going to the right side / going to the left side / going to the right side / up and down, turn around.” In the second verse, Badila seems to work through her pain and come to a solution as she sings, “I’ve given you the best of me / now it’s time to break off and leave.”
The rest of the seven-piece group make themselves heard as well on “Rollercoaster,” with lush vocal harmonies in the chorus and some understated yet effective band hits strewn throughout the track. Arlen Hart’s keyboard solo toward the end of the song offers a nice contrasting flavor. The tasteful production should also be mentioned. Even though it plays mostly a supporting role, it comes to the forefront of the mix most prominently in the trippy section after each chorus, adding to the overall sense of confusion put forth in the lyrics.
Even though “Rollercoaster” doesn’t offer up anything particularly new in terms of thematic content, Lady Moon & The Eclipse make their mark with their strong musicianship, tight arrangement, and of course, Badila’s charismatic vocals. The song also solidifies the band’s ability to blend several different, multicultural styles seamlessly. And even as romance and breakups are discussed extensively in the music world, it’s always nice to get a fresh take from such a musically rich source.