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Released: 23.09.22








Post-punk pushed to its industrial electronica limits – Exister, the new album by Luis Vasquez (aka The Soft Moon), explores the emotions synonymous with being human. Through familial pain (in the heavy, fist-pumping song Become The Lies) and troubled growth (in the catchy Monster), to the reflective light at the end of the tunnel (closing track Exister), Vasquez regards this as “probably [his] most vulnerable record yet”.

Riddled with angst from top to bottom, Exister displays a range of avant-garde electronic soundscapes, including The Pit, intermingled with his more traditional post-punk roots; the following track NADA somewhat resembles a weightier interpretation of Siouxsie And The Banshees’ Fireworks.

With all its electronic-infused anger and morosity, Exister is an introspective departure from The Soft Moon’s comfort zone.


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