Track of the Day: BATTS “Dancing On The Moon” (2020)

Melbourne-based singer-songwriter BATTS returns with a brand new single. Written and recorded to feature on a collaborative cassette tape for This & That Tapes, “Dancing On The Moon” sees the musician return to pretty familiar interstellar territory. 

The single came about following contact from Joseph Carlough, the owner of Philadelphia-based label This & That Tapes. Carlough and his band had a song about ‘an astronaut who goes to the Moon”, and after hearing BATTS’s debut, The Grand Tour, decided she’d be the perfect fit to pen the other side of the tape. Here’s what BATTS had to say about the song’s creation:

“I received the email from Joseph and had a listen to their song “Liftoffs and Landings”. I really loved the song and the lyric ‘I miss my wife’ really jumped out to me. I quickly walked into my studio and picked up my guitar and within the hour had written and recorded a response as the ‘wife of the astronaut’.”

The result is nothing short of beautiful. BATTS really does have the knack for delivering those well crafted and quietly powerful songs. The instrumentation is stripped right back on “Dancing On The Moon” – it’s just BATTS, a guitar, and, well the Voyager probe. As with The Grand Tour, the new single also features a sample recording from NASA’s Voyager mission. With little to no embellishments the emotionality of the single is on full display, with BATTS taking the listener on a journey into the thought process and feelings of the astronaut’s wife; and by extension all those spouses left behind to wonder – what if?

“Dancing On The Moon” is yet another highlight in BATTS’s growing discography. But, don’t just take my word for it, give it a listen below.

“Dancing On The Moon” is out now. The collaborative cassette tape releases October 10th HERE. Keep up to date with all things BATTS via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Header Photo by Michelle Grace Hunder.


Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.