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- Zeros by The Soft Moon
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Sounding somewhat like an unearthing of lots of Bauhaus and Killing Joke demos, The Soft Moon is actually Oakland resident Luis Vasquez who, from the evidence of this, spends his days in a darkened room creating a danceable take on early Sisters of Mercy B-sides. Comprising of metronomic drum machine, Joy Division-like bass lines and alternately squealy and hissy synths, his compositions are at least short and to the point, rarely clocking in at more than two minutes or so (something that would have helped Sisters of Mercy had they kept their songs to...oh, about zero seconds or so).
If all this sounds up your alley then you are pretty much going to love it as it never strays from the formula. If you were horrified when The Cure came up with ‘Lovecats’, then there is plenty of navel-gazing dark synth goth here to more than make up for it. Evidence that anything has happened in music since The Southern Death Cult’s first record is in the way the compositions are presented; there’s something inherently post-electronica about them, if that makes any sense at all.It’s all very quickfire and there are not songs as such, more like snapshots of industrial-goth with the odd vocal coming through, my favourite track ‘Die Life’ works with just one howled vocal over the top of some angry darkwave and on tracks like this I’m fairly impressed. I just find the constant knowing references to music produced in 1981 a little wearing, like a series of intros to tracks from an era that, to me at least, should probably be best forgotten. Initial copies come with free CD of demos.
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