Monday, April 16, 2012
Moonface: With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery (Release Date: 4-17-2012)
Though Krug has often been a star player in the past, Moonface sees him in complete control of his product, which means writing more songs per release than the man is likely used to. His last two releases point clearly to this fact; The aforementioned Organ Music was preceded by a one-song, 20-minute long EP entitled Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums. While Krug has proven masterful at fleshing out simple structures into sprawling epics, spreading his muse over 10 tracks seems to exhaust him, both in terms of song composition, and his patented odd-ball lyricism. Everything here is down-tempo, the slowly unfurling title track foretelling of the disc's steady pace. As a matter of fact, fleet of foot numbers like Shitty City and Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips almost jump out at you from nowhere, flying in the face of a surprisingly mellow track list. Admittedly, I've always been, and will likely continue to be a big Krug fan, so even the negative things that I bring up about any of his releases must be qualified, but there's no ignoring how HB can slip into the background far easier than the work of this singular artist usually does. I'll still be the first guy in line for his next release, but this shouldn't be mistaken for the cream of Krug's crop.