Luis Vasquez, driving force behind the Bay Area's Soft Moon, talks about his second album, Zeroes, here. Since 2011's spellbinding Total Decay EP, he says he's quit his job as a graphic designer in order to pour all his energies into the new long-player (he's looking at an October release date through Captured Tracks).
Though he has a touring band, Vasquez states, "I'm still doing everything myself." Interestingly, he developed his ghostly singing style because he's been living in a building where he has to keep the noise down. As he puts it, "That's actually why I do a lot of whispering on the first record." Now, he's dividing his time between his home and a studio, where he can raise his voice at will, although I hope he resists the impulse to make that a regular thing. I love Soft Moon best when Vasquez comes on like a restless spirit from beyond the grave—or another galaxy.
Though he hasn't made any Zeroes material available yet, here's a taste of his split LP with ex-Ultravox vocalist and fellow Arp Odyssey enthusiast John Foxx:
Captured Tracks releases the Soft Moon vs. John Foxx & the Maths' "Evidence" as a single on June 26 with a full-length planned for September.