The Soft Moon , Noise Pop 2011
February 2010 was a fairly busy month for me, so I didn't have much in the way of downtime to catch my fellow readers/viewers/listeners up to some of my recent exploits. So there will be a series of nightly posts which should allow me to catch up.
By far, one of the best discoveries of the past few years have to be The Soft Moon. Led by Luis Vasquez, and also featuring Justin Anastassi (who also plays in Veil Veil Vanish) on bass and Damon Way on keyboards, they have astonished listeners and electrified audiences since they appeared out of the blue to claim the legacy for darkwave music in San Francisco set forth by bands like Chrome and Tuxedomoon (obscuros would also throw in Swell, but even I haven't heard any of their work). But I ultimately think they have their own unique sound and approach, you'll just have to listen and form your own opinions.
You can go to a hundred other places if you want to get your fill in for superlative reviews; all I can tell you is that the moment I heard their self-titled album, I knew they were going to be something special. And it doesn't hurt to be on one of the hottest labels presently operating, Captured Tracks. If the hairs on the back of your neck don't stand up for "Into The Depths" and "We Are We", check your pulse, it has stopped. And as amazing as their recorded output is, they're even better live, if you can believe it.
Anyway, I have several recordings to feature here, so without further ado, here they are.
SETLIST FOR ALL SHOWS
Into The Depths
Breathe The Fire
We Are We
Out Of Time
2011-02-06 The Echo Los Angeles CA
taper: bcingyou, Sony ECM-990F > M-Audio Microtrack II (audio)
Kodak Zi8 (video) (720p, synced to above audio source)
2011-02-10 Milk Bar San Francisco CA
taper: TH1, Sony PCM-M10 built in mics
Flip UltraHD (video) (720p, above audio source synced to digicam audio)
2011-02-25 Noise Pop Cafe Du Nord San Francisco CA
tapers: TZ0 + TH1 blend, Sonic Studios DSM mics (audio)
Flip UltraHD (720p video), synced to audio source