Humane the Moon has a primary goal that sits at the heart of the sonically charged, often anxious yet viscerally enlivening music that he makes: it has to be “something that makes you screw your face up a bit, run about and let loose,” he chuckles in a throaty East London accent.

Having played in various bands around his native Leytonstone since he was a teenager, the musician – real name Max Hanley – slowly realized that it was these moments of connection and abandon that were really fuelling him. “I feel like Humane the Moon came about from playing live with other bands where we’d be doing more mellow stuff, and then there’d be certain songs we’d play faster and I remember that feeling of when everyone’s moving and the energy is palpable,” he recalls. “That’s what I wanted this to be.”

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