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The Soft Moon – “Desertion”

Luis Vasquez always manages to find the beauty in isolation. Even at their most raucous, his songs as the Soft Moon carry a certain melodic, comforting nature. On “Desertion,” he uses knotted synths to craft an insular sound, one that feels both hectic and oddly at ease. And with all the talk of dying alone… More »

By: James Rettig / March 9, 2015 - 7:02 pm

The Soft Moon – “Far” Video

The Soft Moon have shared a video for “Far,” the second single off their forthcoming new album, Deeper. The video was directed by duo Y2K (Jason Lester and Severiano Martinez) — who also did that awesome EMA vid for “3Jane” last year — and they explore the same kind of warped, futuristic reality that’s also… More »

By: James Rettig / February 10, 2015 - 2:53 pm

The Soft Moon – “Black”

Luis Vasquez, bka The Soft Moon, makes the kind of high-strung and anxious industrial tracks that could soundtrack a mental breakdown or a walk through midtown. “Black” is the first frigid single off of the Soft Moon’s forthcoming full-length Deeper, which will be released by Captured Tracks next year. Listen below. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 2, 2014 - 12:06 pm

The Soft Moon – “Hunger”

Luis Vasquez’s Bay Area postpunk project the Soft Moon make songs when they want to, but they’re just as interested in doing full-on gut-scraping blare. After dropping their new single “Feel” earlier this month, they’ve now shared “Hunger,” the B-side, which is nothing but an ominous synth-rumble, a few haunted drum-thunks, and a sample of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2014 - 12:18 pm

The Soft Moon – “Feel”

Brooding, Factory Records-indebted Bay Area post-punkers the Soft Moon put out their sophomore album Zeros in 2012, and while they haven’t yet made any noise about a follow-up, there is a new single called “Feel.” It’s a skittering tick-tock about the total pointlessness of existence, but it’s still somehow more melodically friendly than most of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 17, 2014 - 11:42 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The best music videos that crossed my video screen this week — the top three on the list you’ll find below — are paranoid little masterworks of dread and disorientation and confusion. I have no idea what any of them are about, but all of them crept their way into my bloodstream and radiated menace… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2013 - 9:58 am

The Soft Moon – “Want” Video (NSFW)

Between MS MR’s clip for “Hurricane” yesterday and this, the Soft Moon’s video for “Want,” I’d like to suggest to Tom that perhaps this week’s video wrap-up be about the most unsettling visuals of the week instead of the best. “Want,” directed by Grant Singer, is a skittering portrait of drug-addled transgression after transgression after… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 9, 2013 - 5:05 pm

The Soft Moon – “Insides” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Last year, Bay Area postpunkers the Soft Moon released a tough, terse album called Zeros. And now here’s director Jacqueline Castel’s eroding black-and-white video for the brooding single “Insides.” Much of it takes place in a dark, clammy version of a primitive computer grid, like some fusion of Eraserhead and Tron. But then there’s also… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2013 - 10:11 am

The Soft Moon – “Die Life” Video

The Soft Moon’s “Die Life” is a breathy, fuzzy track and the band has crafted a jarring black and white clip featuring a wall of snowy televisions. The backdrop is well suited to the track, almost transforming into an army of more bands members as the song stomps on. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 8, 2013 - 10:51 am

How to destroy angels_ – “Ice Age (The Soft Moon Remix)”

Here’s one of those moments where the remixer and remixee are perfect complements to one another: Bleak Bay Area postpunkers the Soft Moon taking on “Ice Age,” the skeletal, insinuating dark-folk song from Trent Reznor’s How to destroy angels_ project. The Soft Moon remix leaves the spine of the song intact but adds foggy synth… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: September 2012

Fall has fallen, as they say. As a result this month’s mix of ten tracks delivered right on time for September’s grand finale has all the classic ingredients of a prosperous autumn: rap, punk, post-punk, R&B, and a Paul Westerberg song. They appear here generally in that order, diligently sequenced to include Weekend Money +… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 29, 2012 - 9:42 am

The Soft Moon – “Insides”

Stereogum40 Class of ’11 alum the Soft Moon are set to release a new LP, Zeros, this fall. This single “Insides” is one of its contents, and it’s another steamy, Factory Records-redolent post-punk churner. This time Luiz Vasquez is more vulnerable vocally, though, sounding more human than ghostly (in the verses, anyway). It’s a nice… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 13, 2012 - 12:25 pm

MusicfestNW 2012 In Photos

Yesterday, Portland’s MusicFestNW wrapped up five days of concerts at over a dozen venues throughout the city. Among the acts who performed were Passion Pit, Beirut, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Flying Lotus, Swans, Fucked Up, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Wild Nothing, Purity Ring, and DIIV. Autumn Andel was on hand to capture… More »

By: Stereogum / September 10, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2012

Summer is ending! And you have some work to do. Did you experience that season-defining moment? That rooftop conversation, that carefree weekend of intense interpersonal bonding? Did you find the person who’ll keep you warm all winter? If you’ve answered negatively to even one of these, you have some work to do. And so we… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 29, 2012 - 10:31 am

The Soft Moon – “Die Life”

The clangorous San Francisco postpunk group the Soft Moon have made a name for themselves with 2010’s self-titled album and last year’s Total Decay EP — two excellent examples of dark, feral, Factory Records-inspired industrial bleakness. And from the sounds of things, their forthcoming album Zeros will push things even further. The album’s first single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2012 - 11:54 am

Progress Report: The Soft Moon

Name: The Soft Moon
Progress Report: Luis Vasquez talks about the recording of the Soft Moon’s forthcoming sophomore LP.

The Soft Moon’s 2010 self-titled debut was a thing of gothy delight — eleven tracks of spooky bedroom electronics that created such a powerful, singular vision — of something beautiful, harrowing, and more… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / May 17, 2012 - 3:22 pm

The Soft Moon vs. John Foxx & The Maths – “Evidence”

Melancholy San Franciscans the Soft Moon posted a new track a little earlier, a collaboration with ex-Ultravox singer John Foxx and his band, the Maths. Download the spectral “Evidence” below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 16, 2012 - 2:04 pm

The Soft Moon – “Total Decay” Video

The video for the Soft Moon’s excellent “Total Decay” pins Luis Vasquez’s minimalist visual aesthetic to his spectral, Factory-styled post-punk clamor. It’s clenched up with claustrophobic tension and yet echoes with space and chilly breath, which is a neat trick. The video is black and white and rippling with ghoulish traces of faces and other… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 28, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: September 2011

Save a bit of humidity, it is an undeniably autumnal day in NYC. It’s gray, it is wet, and it feels positively gauche to jam to anything that would feel right at a beach. So to help to fill the void created by expunging “sunny music” from your daily playlist, and to show solidarity with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 23, 2011 - 6:03 pm

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011

Last year, right around the time summer turned to fall, we at Stereogum published our list of the 40 best new bands of the year. The idea of a “new” band is a pretty nebulous one, since many of the kids we listed were probably planning out their musical ventures in their basements since they… More »

By: Stereogum / September 13, 2011 - 12:26 pm
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