Moonface – “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips”

I’ve been an unabashed Spencer Krug fan for as long as possible but his first LP under the Moonface moniker, last year’s Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped, left me feeling more than a little underwhelmed.  I have no problem with the new sonic territory – he can write on organ and marimbas all he wants as long as he’s writing compelling songs.  Organ Music was the first time Krug seemed more interested in exploring sounds than writing something memorable which is doubly troubling as he’s an artist whose always seemed to have a surplus of memorable songs.  The next Moonface release, a collaboration with Finnish post-rock band Siinai (they toured through Europe with Wolf Parade in 2009), already sounds more promising.  First single “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips” doesn’t sound that far removed from Krug’s Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown material and, most importantly, the brief, gripping motorik jam is the most memorable thing Krug has released in a couple of years.

With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery is out 4/17 via Jagjaguwar.

Download MP3: “Teary Eyes And Bloody Lips”


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