When was the last time you felt an album? Not just listened to it, but felt it in your bones? That sensation of viscerally experiencing music is the mission of The Soft Moon, and it is accomplished on their album Zeros.
Composed of Luis Vasquez (vocals, guitar, synths), Justin Anastasi (bass), and Ron Robinson (drums), The Soft Moon mixes industrial rock guitars, krautrock synths, and post-punk beats to stunning effect.
“Machines,” with its heavily concealed vocals by Vasquez, sounds like something that would be playing on a worker’s radio in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Be careful listening to the title track while driving. It will make you feel like you’re outrunning robot cops from the year 3009. “Insides” has excellent synth and guitar work by Vasquez while Robinson rat-a-tats like a machine gun throughout the song and Anastasi’s bass groove gets into your brain and refuses to leave.
If someone ever remakes The Time Tunnel, I want “Remember the Future” to be the theme song. “Crush” is the best Tubeway Army track never released. “Die Life” is downright dangerous. Anastasi and Robinson threaten to boot stomp you into the ground with it, and Vasquez’s synth work is nothing short of horror movie chase scene creepy.
So is “Want.” Spooky, echoing percussion, bass creepier than something you’d hear in a Kubrick movie, and a vocal style best described as “sociopathic” add up to a mix you do not want to hear come on the jukebox in that roadside diner as three men in black suits wielding brass knuckles, a ball bat, and a meat tenderizer walk in and ask “Where’s the money?”
The album starts with a track called “It Ends” and ends with a track called “sdnE tI.” It loops you back to the beginning. It reminds you that, if you’re not careful, this album could be the soundtrack to a haunted house you cannot escape.
In other words, this album rocks.
~ Nik Havert
Nik Havert is a writer, DJ, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man. He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer. Visit his web site at http://www.picklepress.net.
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