It’s true that we’ve been surrounded by a lot of post-punk and darkwave music in recent years, but Luis Vasquez aka The Soft Moon has always stood out from the crowd. His new release Exister is a perfect example of this.
With each new album the musician developed his own sound and always came up with something new (which is not so easy when working in such a genre). But here he really outdid himself. None of the songs on the LP are similar, Louis masterfully explores all possible shades of post-everything/gothic/industrial music, surprising even the most sophisticated connoisseurs of the genre.
Thematically Exister is also quite gloomy. The artist again heals spiritual wounds, trying to wrap the anxiety in heavy, depressing melodies. On some tracks like “The Pit”, the dismal atmosphere hits its peak (in a good way). The Soft Moon is only getting better and surprising listeners with every new LP, and we can’t wait to hear what he has in store for us next.
On September 23 American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer Luis Vasquez will release his new LP Exister (through Sacred Bones Records) as The Soft Moon. Now he is sharing a video for the latest single “Monster”, an intense and intimate piece directed by Bryan M. Ferguson.
The Soft Moon has also a massive tour lined up for the next months, which will include 4 dates in Italy — in Pordenone on October 5 (at Capitol), in Rome on October 6 (at Monk Club), in Milan on October 7 (at Santeria Social Club) and in Bologna on October 8 (at Covo Club).
Nika Roza Danilova aka Zola Jesus released a new LP Arhkon, which might be her best to date. A true piece of modern art and an exciting audiovisual journey, filled with big, anthemic choruses.
It is very complete and is best experienced as a whole — each song naturally flows into another, and the soundscapes created stay in your head for a long time after it is finished.
Vocals are in the spotlight on Arkhon, and you can’t help but admire the work that Zola Jesus has done here, as she is one of the best vocalists nowadays. The hooks are super strong and combined with the dark, abstract lyrics they are creating the basis for this record, with the stunning variety of sounds of piano, violin, cello, viola and modular synthesizers completing it perfectly. A fantastic soundtrack to our turbulent and unstable reality.