I first came across THE SOFT MOON when writing a little piece on the Brooklyn record label, Captured Tracks. I must concede, that with so much music coming the way of LOUD HORIZON, I kind of ‘forgot’ about the band for a while .. until last night when I noticed a Facebook post by the good people of the Austin Psych Fest which featured the following video.
My love was rekindled!
As far as I can make out, ‘Total Decay‘ did not feature on the first album by THE SOFT MOON album in 2010 and I think I’m right in saying that it was ‘lifted’ from a 12″ EP the following year.
We are now a year further down the line and Louis Vasquez, who is to all intents and purposes THE SOFT MOON (although I understand other ‘members’ are hired for touring purposes) has released the follow-up album, ‘Zeroes.‘ The following two tracks are lifted from that album.
Here’s what the iconic label had to say about the new material:
‘There have been some changes. While 2010′s ‘The Soft Moon LP’ was recorded entirely in solitude in an utter absence of expectation, these ten songs were written and recorded between days on the road. Out there the Soft Moon sound had expanded into a full-band attack accompanied by immersive video visuals. Vasquez needed the new work to be just as primal and enveloping, and so set to paring down his post-apocalyptic soundscapes. What was began as barely controlled exorcism became an exercise in control, and after six months of intently shaping Zeros on his own, Vasquez met with producer/engineer Monte Vallier at his San Francisco studio where he could get loud, beat on things, scream.
The result is complete immersion.’