THE SOFT MOON shares new single & video “It Kills”. New album ‘Criminal’ out Feb 2nd via Sacred Bones! EU tour & London show announced

December 4, 2017


– Shares new video & single It Kills
– Album ‘Criminal‘ due Feb 2nd via Sacred Bones
– EU tour & London show announced! 


After recently announcing his signing to Sacred Bones, the now Berlin-based musician The Soft Moon, aka, Luis Vasquez is sharing new video & single from “It Kills” from his forthcoming album ‘Criminal’, which is set for releaseFeb 2nd. This latest single, accompanied by a Kelsey Henderson-directed video, trades some of the industrial menace of “Burn” for the shimmering melodies of post-punk, while retaining the dark edge that permeates all of ‘Criminal‘.

Speaking about the track, Luis said  “”It Kills” represents my constant struggle with making the same mistakes in order to feed my desires. A continual battle with the conscience. Some inspiration comes from a quote by William Blake: “Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained””.

Criminal’ 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.

Working once more with Maurizio Baggio, who produced ‘Deeper’, at La Distilleria in Bassano Del Grappa, Italy, ‘Criminal’ sees Vasquez further explore putting his lyrics at the forefront and letting his raw emotions flow. The album is Vasquez’s way of holding himself accountable and seeking redemption for the abuse he inflicts on himself and acknowledges roots in the abuse which, inflicted upon him as a child, broke him.

‘Criminal’ is available to pre-order at:

The Soft Moon Tour Dates:
02/02 Baden, CH – One of a Million Festival
03/02 Marghera, IT – C.S. Rivolta
06/02 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
07/02 Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik
08/02 Stockholm, SE – Slaktkyrkan
09/02 Oslo, NO – Bla
11/02 Berlin, DE – Urban Spree
12/02 Berlin, DE – Urban Spree
14/02 Paris, FR – Le Trabendo
15/02 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
16/02 London, UK – The Dome
17/02 Brussels, BE – Orangerie (Botanique)
18/02 Luxembourg, LU – De Gudde Wëllen
20/02 Yverdon Les Bains, CH – L’Amalgame
21/02 Milan, IT – Magnolia
22/02 Rome, IT – Monk
23/02 Napoli, IT – Lanificio
24/02 Bologna, IT – Covo
07/03 Munich, DE – Kranhalle
08/03 Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz
09/03 Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang
10/03 Cologne, DE – Gebaude 9
11/03 Saarbrucken, DE – Garage Club
13/03 Nijmegen, NL – Doomroosje
14/03 Lille, FR – Les Paradis Artificiels
15/03 Nantes, FR – Stereolux
16/03 Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne
27/03 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *
28/03 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg  *
29/03 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
30/03 Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall *
31/03 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle *
02/04 Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club *
04/04 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
06/04 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
07/04 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
08/04 Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt  *
11/04 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
13/04 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
14/04 San Diego, CA – Casbah *
16/04 Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse *
17/04 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
19/04 Dallas, TX – Three Links *
20/04 Austin, TX – Barracuda *
21/04 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger *
22/04 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa *
24/04 Gainesville, FL – The Wooly *
25/04 Miami, FL – Gramps *
26/04 Tampa, FL – The Crowbar
27/04 Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 *
28/04 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight *
29/04 Washington, DC – DC9  *
* – w/ Boy Harsher

‘Criminal’ tracklist:
1. Burn
2. Choke
3. Give Something
4. Like a Father
5. The Pain
6. It Kills
7. ILL
8. Young
9. Born Into This
10. Criminal

‘Criminal’ artwork:

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