What I Heard This Morning: The Soft Moon

I don’t know much about The Soft Moon, other than that it’s the work of Luis Vasquez, and that the project's self-titled album came out last November. The music I’m linking in this post via Pitchfork seems the lovechild of Brian Eno, David Byrne and Travis Bickle. Granted, the shoegaze-y atmosphere plays prevalent, but the eerie drones and almost assaultive combination of sounds is mesmerizing, hints of Joy Division and even the post-Wire Bruce Gilbert/Graham Lewis project, Dome, informing Vasquez’s mix.

The Soft Moon has some tour dates coming up with Autolux. All information is from Force Field PR.

The Soft Moon announces California tour dates with Autolux 

STREAM - "When It's Over" -

VIDEO: "Circles" -

On the heels of two sensually dark 7 inches, Luis Vasquez of The Soft Moon, released his self-titled debut full-length on Captured Tracks, on November 16th, 2010.

Raised under the burning sun of the Mojave desert, Vasquez channels both his punk upbringing and Afro-Cuban heritage to sculpt decidedly dystopian soundscapes for a new generation of torn romantics. It's a record set somewhere in the near post-apocalypse where technology enchants as much as it destroys. The sound palette in particular harks backs to the sonic experimentation of krautrock and early post-punk. But an urgent sense of futurism pulls The Soft Moon out of nostalgia and towards some uncanny sort of new florescent void on the horizon. Globular synth melodies dance over a guzzling motorik beat reminiscent of Neu! bass guitar riffs fissure and crack. Chants, whispers, and echoed screams wave in and over the empty space, equal part mourning of loss and prophetic of life yet to come. Recommended for paranoid train rides in a post-apocalyptic world.


02/06 Los Angeles, CA The Echo / Part-Time Punks #
02/10 San Francisco, CA Milk Bar
02/25 San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord (Noise Pop Festival) *
03/03 Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones ^
03/04 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex ^
03/05 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar ^
03/06 San Diego, CA - Casbah ^
03/16 - 03/19 Austin, TX - SXSW
04/30 Austin, TX - The East Side Drive-In (Austin Psych Fest)

* = w/ Black Ryder, Tamaryn

^ = w/ Autolux
# = w/ Violet Tremors, Anika DJ Set

The Soft Moon
The Soft Moon
(Captured Tracks)
Street date: Nov. 16, 2010


MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/thesoftmoon
Label - http://www.capturedtracks.com

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