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Album Review

Canadian-born musician Spencer Krug formed solo vehicle Moonface around the time his well-loved indie band Wolf Parade went into a state of indefinite dormancy and his other project, Sunset Rubdown, also disbanded. A talented and prolific songwriter, Krug immediately set to work on Moonface, using his first few albums to explore instrumental sketches and conceptual songwriting before moving from Montreal to Helsinki, Finland in 2012. In Finland, Krug put to tape the beautifully spare Moonface album Julia with Blue Jeans On, a lushly desperate collection of songs made with only piano and Krug's wavering, serious vocals. The five songs that make up the City Wrecker EP follow much the same pattern as Julia with Blue Jeans On, sticking to spare piano and vocal arrangements sometimes augmented with moments of spacy synthesizer. The mood throughout these songs is somber and full of regret, Krug singing lyrics of displacement and disappointment over relatively empty but gorgeously sad piano backdrops. The title track is perhaps the most anthemic of them all, with a strong melody carrying lyrics about leaving one city for the next when all bridges have been sufficiently burned. The final two tracks stretch out the gloomy tone of the album, with both "Helsinki Winter 2013" and the harrowing "Daughter of a Dove" stretching out over the eight-minute mark. These tunes are impressively epic, with "Daughter of a Dove" being particularly reminiscent of Krug's former Swan Lake bandmate Dan Bejar's theatrical compositions for his main band, Destroyer. The EP feels like a great extension of Julia with Blue Jeans On, and one can't help but wonder what phase Krug will develop toward with the next Moonface installment as he moves from one place to the next.

Customer Reviews

Epically beautiful

Another absolutely beautiful release from Spencer Krug.

Classical Genes

Spencer has a classic spirit, pre-20th century. He is conservatory trained and it surfaces in this album. I am thankful for this album, especially for Daughter of a Dove which was not included on the original album. I had heard him perform this live and it entranced me -- it was so emotional for me that I cried while I watched him play it. I love this song and I wish it would never end. I want to live in it.


Born: 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Moonface began in 2010 as a solo project of already incredibly busy Montreal, Canada multi-instrumentalist Spencer Krug. Krug was at that point perhaps best known as the pianist and singer and a primary songwriter for indie bands Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, but he has also logged time with Frog Eyes, Swan Lake, Fifths of Seven, and more. The incredibly prolific songwriter used Moonface as an outlet for his dark pop and melodious experiments that didn't fit with any of his various other more collaborative...
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