Seattle electro-soul duo Fly Moon Royalty celebrates the release of its new album ‘Delicious Trouble” on Friday, April 22, at Chop Suey.
In 2013, everything seemed to be on track for the electro-soul duo Fly Moon Royalty. Vocalist Adra Boo and MC/DJ Mike Illvester had released a popular LP and followed it up with two acclaimed EPs. The band was well on its way to a sophomore full-length when they realized a change had to be made.
“It feels like two different eras now,” says Illvester during an interview at his Queen Anne apartment. “We had what was the record, we had 11 songs. But then I just said to myself, ‘This isn’t right,’ and I gutted half of it.”
The band went back into the laboratory and refocused, spending the last six months recording new material, trying to get it perfect. The result? A powerful new full-length, “Delicious Trouble,” set for release Friday (April 22) at Chop Suey.
Fly Moon Royalty
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“As you learn new things and start to tailor your sound,” says Boo, “you start to become even more deliberate.”
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The group’s first two singles from the new record — “Grown Man” and “I Miss Her” — are emblematic of a newfound creative clarity and range. The first prowls and slinks with a mature confidence similar to soul group Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. The latter is coy and flirtatious, the message of lost love delivered slowly and proudly.
“I could see it,” says Boo, “I knew exactly what I wanted to do with those songs.”
Despite such a deliberate approach to song writing, the band still allows itself space to follow its creative muses, whatever they may be. This freedom has helped create a multifaceted persona — part dance music, part rebel funk.
“We’re muse writers,” says Boo. “We write when the feeling hits. We get it while it’s fresh. It’s only afterward that you’re like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s what that was.’ ”
Boo and Illvester have an immediately visible chemistry, like a loving brother and sister. That’s essentially what they have been since the day they met in 2009 at a staff get-together for the newly reopened downtown restaurant, Mel’s Market, where they both worked at the time.
The two musicians were in other bands but started to collaborate. Their sound quickly gained momentum. Since then, they’ve written dozens of songs, vacationed in Mexico together and Boo’s mother calls Illvester her “other son.”
The two are now poised to drop their new project, which they hope will appeal to a wide audience.
“There’s something in there that’s for you,” says Boo of the album. “I sang the songs the way I wanted them to land with people; it was very intentional. And those kinds of moments are best.”