At the end of last year Luis Vasquez, a.k.a. The Soft Moon announced his return. On March 31st he will release his new album ‘Deeper’ via Captured Tracks, his most personally reflective album to date, one where he finally “felt the urge to express [himself]”.
To coincide with this, The Soft Moon has shared a new Trentmøller remix of lead track ‘Black’ & announced a full European tour including a London show at The Garage on May 27th.
The first taste of the album came with ‘Black’, a merciless track of heaving bass and industrial notes, whose “innovation, mantra, and darkness” says Vasquez, gives him “a sense of confidence to move forward in my everyday life.”
Speaking about the remix, Trentmøller commented: ‘I really dig The Soft Moon, always an inspiration! From the original, I only used the vocal bit and the a bit of the noisey synth and around that I built a new soundscape with bass, guitars, a drum machine and my brand new purchase, a really old vintage monophonic synth from ’74!’
Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/capturedtracks/the-soft-moon-black-trentemoller-remix/
Following the release of The Soft Moon’s sophomore album Zeros, Luis Vasquez claimed it was his last as a solo artist. However, a move to Venice, Italy in 2013 taught him differently. Entirely alone in new, foreign surroundings, Vasquez completely withdrew into himself and learned what he knew all along: The Soft Moon has always been one man’s vision. Immersed in his deepest emotions, Vasquez has never written in such a fervent, uninhibited way.
While Zeros was written and recorded between long days on the road, Deeper was begat from an almost primal urge to recoil from the world and experience total solitude. During the writing process, Vasquez pushed himself to discover the reality and nightmare of living with yourself, in entirely foreign surroundings with nothing and no one to fall back on.
Vasquez only had one goal in mind for his third album: to pen his most emotional record yet. Between frequent visits to Berlin, Vasquez retreated to Venice’s Hate Studios, located in the mountains near electronic guru and spiritual anchor Giorgio Moroder’s hometown.
At Hate, he worked for almost a year with producer Maurizio Baggio to piece together Deeper, only completing the album in August 2014. While maintaining the stark sonic formula so indicative of The Soft Moon’s music — that bass that reeks of chorus, those unrelenting, mechanized beats, that wailing synthesizer and those eerily, angular guitar lines that worm into your ears and never leave — Baggio also worked to refine the album’s gothic palette, leaving Vasquez to concentrate more intensely on songwriting and singing than ever before:
“I’ve never worked so closely with someone before. Working with Maurizio felt right and I completely opened up to him during the entire process. I finally felt the urge to express myself more verbally with this record and I was able to focus more on songwriting rather than just experimenting with soundscapes.”
The voice of The Soft Moon has never been more clear and honest than it is on this record. With eerie, immersive tracks like the dogged “Far” and slow, beautifully melancholic “Wasting” (the first track written for Deeper), the album is a penetrating portrait of Vasquez as he wrestles thoughts of suicide, vulnerability and what it means to heal. By facing the most hopeless parts of himself without illusion and putting his past demons to bed, the creation of Deeper was an intense personal exploration of existence for Vasquez — old wounds were forcibly opened, deep anger and paranoia were manipulated into song — and he did not emerge unchanged. Deeper may have delivered Vasquez back to the waking world, but it willingly drags us further into The Soft Moon’s dark, euphonic universe once more.
At the start of April, The Soft Moon will embark on a month-long North American tour. Immediately following that, he will head to Europe for the month of May.
Check out the full dates below:
04/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
04/10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
04/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
04/12 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz
04/13 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
04/14 – Detroit, MI – UFO Factory
04/15 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
04/16 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
04/18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
04/19 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
04/21 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
04/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
04/23 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
04/24 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
04/25 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
04/26 – Portland, OR – Holocene
04/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
04/29 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory (Constellation Room)
04/30 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre
05/01 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
05/02 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
05/03 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar
05/05 – Norman, OK – The Opolis
05/06 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
05/07 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
05/08 – Austin, TX – Austin Psych Fest
05/09 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
05/10 – Atlanta, GA – TBD
05/16 – Lyon, France – Les Nuits Sonores
05/17 – Brussels, Belgium – Les Nuits Botanique
05/19 – Berlin, Germany – Schwuz
05/20 – Copenaghen, Denmark – Loppen
05/21 – Hamburg, Copenaghen – Uebel & Gefährlich
05/22 – Köln, Germany – Gebäude
05/27 – London, UK – The Garage
05/28 – Nantes, France Nantes – Indigènes Festival
05/31 – Nîmes, France – La Paloma
06/02 – Toulouse, France – Le Connexion
06/03 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
06/04 – Metz, France – Les Trinitaires
06/05 – Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
06/06 – Eindhoven, Holland – Psych Lab festival