MOONFACE

Since January 2010, Spencer Krug has used Moonface as a venue for home-recorded instrumental and conceptual experimentation, expanding the ideas he developed collaboratively with Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown. Releases under this moniker have come quickly, each distinct from the other. The Dreamland EP and Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped were conceptual excursions merging instrumental and thematic fixations. After moving from Montreal to Helsinki, Krug teamed up with the Finnish band Siinai to create a lush rock record--2012's Heartbreaking Bravery--driven by the dark despair of a breakup. Staying in Helsinki, Krug set off on yet another creative departure, driven by a rediscovery of love and a reconsideration of the Moonface persona he'd created for himself. The quietly stunning Julia with Blue Jeans On is the fourth Moonface release, bringing a degree of intimacy and self-reflection unlike anything Krug has produced to date. There are only two sonic elements on Julia: Spencer Krug's voice and his piano. Richly recorded, they interact seamlessly with one another. On the opening track "Barbarian," the piano unfolds with the hypnotic energy of Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert, Krug's right hand doubling his vocal melody. On the closing track "Your Chariot Awaits," Krug's voice recedes after a minute as the piano swells for an extended showcase with modern classical undertones. After nearly a decade, across a number of guises, we are well-acquainted with Krug's inimitable town-crier vocals; on Julia, we are introduced to a facet of his musical skill that feels conservatory-trained. This is Krug as singer-songwriter, moving beyond star poses to a vision that is at once more elegant and comfortable. Or, in Krug's own language, on "Barbarian II": "I have chewed through my beautiful narrative." Much of Julia is taken with this chewing. "Love the House You're In" opens by masquerading as self-pity, with a statement that reads like a press release from someone who's given up. "I regretfully withdraw my offer to try and improve myself," Krug gently sings, establishing a self-reflexive foundation upon which he builds the album's most universal, humanistic sentiment, and which he delivers via its most soaring melody. Purposeful self-evaluation is one tactic for reinvention, but as Krug illustrates on Julia's title track, everyday occurrences can prove transformative as well. The sight of a woman, clad in denim, briefly visible at the bottom of a staircase, he learns, is capable of "obliterating everything I've ever written down." "Julia" is an ode in the classical sense, pivoting around the beauty inherent in the most simple, taken-for-granted sights. Krug acknowledges this, opening the song by admitting that "it's a madman's game, making the commonplace unreal." What he leaves out in this admission, however, is the key to the countless charms of Julia with Blue Jeans On: by expertly playing this ridiculous game, he can erase the madness that spawned it.

WATCH: New Moonface Video, See Spencer Live on Tour this Summer

Get ready! We’re on Moonface overload today. First, we’ve got a brand new video for “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips,” off the forthcoming album. Premiering on Spin this morning, the video was directed by UK-based artist Marsha Balaeva. Watch above.

Now that you’ve checked out the video, hear With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery in its entirety at The A.V. Club. It will be available for your listening pleasure all week! Out officially next Tuesday, April 17th, you can pre-order the album HERE.

Click here to stream With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery.

Finally, see Moonface live in concert! Spencer heads out for the European leg of tour in May, with North American dates to follow. See the full schedule HERE.

Pre-Order New Moonface Album, MP3 Available for Download

Moonface’s With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery is officially available for pre-order. Best part? Starting today when you pre-order the album, you’ll receive an instant digital download. That’s right; you DO NOT have to wait until April 17th to hear the ENTIRE record. The deluxe bundle features the record on both cd and vinyl formats, a limited 7″ with two previously unreleased songs and a poster with album art. What are you waiting for? Pre-order the album HERE.

A new song from the forthcoming album, “Headed For the Door,” premiered on Pitchfork today. Listen and download below!

Spencer Krug’s Moonface To Release “With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery” In April – Download “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips”

Spencer Krug has made another record under the name Moonface, this time with the help of some new friends. The third product of an ongoing series of changing collaborations and approaches to tune-making is called With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery (out April 17th).

Much more on Moonface With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery, after the jump!

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Moonface: Updates From Finland & New Tour

 

Moonface & Siinai

Lots going down in the Moonface world today. First off, that picture above was sent to us a few days ago from Finland. Spencer is currently holed up in a Finnish studio recording a new Moonface record with Siinai. We haven’t heard a ton from the session but it’s safe to say you’ll be stoked.

Second, Moonface will be heading back out on tour this October in the US playing ALL THE HITS from Organ Music not Vibraphone like I’d Hoped. Joining Spencer will be world renowned nice guy/electric marimba player, Mike Bigelow. Click on through for a full list of stops.

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City Wrecker by Moonface

Barbarian by Moonface

Headed For The Door by Moonface

Faraway Lightning by Moonface

Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark by Moonface
Headed For The Door by Moonface
Teary Eyes And Bloody Lips by Moonface
Fast Peter by Moonface

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