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POST PUNK and INDUSTRIAL informed act THE SOFT MOON is the brainchild of one LOS ANGELES native LUIS VASQUEZ. raised by a single mother his upbringing was very much a PERIPATETIC affair throughout CALIFORNIA and 90s PUNK ROCK and 80s HARDCORE very much informed his musical interests. its intriguing that the LUSH, INTIMATE and ETHEREAL yet BLEAK, IMPOSING and VAST emotional DARK WAVE soundscapes, which bring to mind everyone from DEPECHE MODE, THE FALL, DRAB MAJESTY and KILLING JOKE to BAUHAUS and TWIN TRIBES, are all rooted in one dude. then again, you get the sense that his upbringing maybe made him more than a little INTROSPECTIVE and SELF-RELIANT.
having led a pretty NOMADIC existence myself for years on end living abroad, i identify with how his albums transition based on his new adopted surroundings in locales such as VENICE, OAKLAND, BERLIN and BROOKLYN among others. i look forward to seeing what VASQUEZ has cooked up next. THE SOFT MOON is definitely worth checking out.