Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Soft Moon: Into The Depths

Back in February, I spotlighted The Soft Moon with a video for "Circles" and a streaming track called, "When It's Over." As I said on the last entry, the band, which is the product of creative energies expended by Luis Vasquez, have a very capable idea as to how My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, Dome 1, Autobahn, Low and Closer would sound in a digitized world. Vasquez offers enough nostalgia to appease fans of Joy Division and Eno, but also the modernity to bring The Soft Moon to their own plateau.

The band will be touring with Interpol and Mogwai. Check out the eerie "Into The Depths."

The Soft Moon - Into The Depths - Official Video from 10lb Pictures on Vimeo.

Links, info and dates courtesy of Force Field PR.

The Soft Moon announces summer tour dates
Band to play shows with Interpol, Mogwai and more!

VIDEO - "Into the Depths" -

MP3 - "Tiny Spiders" -

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 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.

Prior to the release of the self-titled debut LP, Vasquez directed his energy into building a band around his project with the aim to deliver a full sensory experience within the context of live performance.

07/18 Cleveland, OH House of Blues *
07/19 Toronto, ON Wrongbar ^
07/20 Kalamazoo, MI The Strutt
07/21 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
07/22 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue *
07/23 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
07/24 Columbus, OH The Summit
07/25 Detroit, MI The Fillmore *
08/25 San Francisco, CA !
09/10 Portland, OR Rotture (Music Fest Northwest)
09/26 New York, NY Webster Hall ~
09/27 New York, NY Webster Hall ~
09/28 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom ~
09/29 Washington, DC 9:30 Club ~
10/01 Boston, MA House Of Blues ~

* = w/ Interpol
^ = w/ Little Girls
! = w/ Craft Spells
~ = w/ Mogwai

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

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