Artist info


Indie, Roots

Sounds like

Lowland Hum, Mandolin Orange, Civil Wars

band members

Harvey Russell Josie Rothwell


Ryan Adams, Wilco

Unearthed artists we like

Harvey Swagger Band, The Weeping Willows



Formed in 2013, Peasant Moon is singer-songwriter Harvey Russell and long time collaborator Josie Rothwell. Blending late-night folk and intimate, acoustic alt-country, the pair have established themselves on the vibrant Sydney Americana scene. They regularly perform at venues across the city and toured to Melbourne and Adelaide to mark the release of their 2015 EP Fading in the Light.

The key to Peasant Moon’s sound is their sense of restraint and the ability to build gentle drama in their songs. Whether as a duo on-stage or expanded into a full band in the studio, they maintain a mood and atmosphere that may sound tender and comforting but often has an element of tension, with sadness and melancholy lurking beneath the surface.

The rich, heart-filled and sometimes dark songs on Fading in the Light speak of lonely nights, unanswered questions and quiet resolve. The title-track is a bittersweet tale of souls on separate paths, underpinned by aching pedal steel and handclaps.