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Zoon puts the 'Vibrant Colours' in a new style of music called moccasin gaze

Meet Daniel Monkman, a humble and expressive artist who wraps his tender heart in swirling distorted guitars.

Meet Daniel Monkman, a humble and expressive artist who wraps his tender heart in swirling distorted guitars

Zoon is the musical project of Daniel Monkman a pioneer of a new style of music he calls “moccasin gaze”. He’s based in Hamilton, Ontario and melds sounds from his First Nations heritage with swirling layers of distorted guitars. He battled racism and fought drug and alcohol addiction and then he began a healing journey 19:36

Zoon is the musical project of Daniel Monkman, a pioneer of a new style of music he calls "moccasin gaze."

Based in Hamilton, Ont., he melds sounds from his Ojibway heritage with swirling layers of distorted guitars. The dreamy, psychedelic sounds are reminiscent of shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine.

Monkman's teenage years were difficult. He battled racism and fought drug and alcohol addiction. And then he began a healing journey, overcoming many obstacles, and says music helped save his life. Monkman went on to record his latest album, Bleached Wavves, which came out this past summer.

In this episode of CBC Music's The Intro, Zoon performs "Vibrant Colours" and "Help me Understand," and chats with CBC Music Mornings' host Saroja Coelho. Watch it above.

Also joining Monkman in the band are: Daniel Wintermans on guitar, Drew Rutty on bass and Andrew Mcleod on vocals and percussion.

CBC Music's The Intro is a new feature in which CBC Music brings essential emerging Canadian talent to the world. Episodes of CBC Music's The Intro will be released weekly on CBC Gem, CBC Music's YouTube channel and here on cbc.ca/music.

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