The Soft Moon

Monqui Presents

The Soft Moon

HIDE, Vive la Void

Fri, December 7

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Wonder Ballroom

Portland, OR

$16.00 - $18.00

This event is all ages

The Soft Moon
The Soft Moon
‘Criminal’, The Soft Moon's fourth studio album, released by Sacred bones on Febuary 2nd 2018, is a confessional
work. Through the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent childhood growing up
within the humming ambient sprawl of 80s Mojave Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war
with himself. Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling with the risk of these
things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez has laid his feelings bare with this: his confession and
most self-reflective work to date.
“Guilt is my biggest demon and has been following me since childhood. Everything I do strengthens the narrative that I
am guilty” Vasquez reflects. “The concept of ‘Criminal’ is a desperate attempt to find relief by both confessing to my
wrongdoings and by blaming others for their wrongdoings that have affected me.”
‘Criminal’ marks a striking and important chapter in his self-exploration, both artistically and emotionally. As a young
musician living in Oakland, Vasquez began to try and process the narrative of his difficult upbringing veiled through
musical exploration. Taking krautrock's motorik beats and Post-Punk deconstructions and honing them into a hushed
percussive incantation, The Soft Moon's self-titled debut album took shape. The album was released in late 2010 by
Captured Tracks and was praised by critics and emulated by contemporaries.
In 2012 the apocalyptic conceptual work of Zeros emerged, shortly followed by Vasquez moving to Venice, Italy in
2013, acting as a catalyst for 2014’s release, Deeper. While previous albums were primarily instrumental records,
where Vasquez’s voice was diffused amidst the music as another instrument, Deeper marked the beginning of a new
musical direction where vocals and lyrics became something more than a mere presence. Deeper was a descent into
the womb of childhood trauma, anxiety and fear, and although Vasquez survived this dark exploration of himself, he did not return alone.