The Soft Moon share video for ’Monster’

The Soft Moon press photo
Photo credit: Matteo Nazzari

The Soft Moon (aka multi-instrumentalist Luis Vasquez) has shared an imaginative new video for Monster, directed by Bryan M. Ferguson. The beautifully plaintive, warped, remorseful ballad is the latest lifted from ‘Exister,’ the powerful new full-length album, due out September 23rd, 2022 via Sacred Bones Records

According to Ferguson: “The song to me evokes a real sense of underlining ache. I knew immediately that the video should be a metamorphosis, a person’s body transforming into something hideous. It’s definitely a literal visual interpretation of what the song is about but I really wanted the transformation from one physical shape to the other to be slow, painful and almost organic.”

Ferguson goes on to reveal more about the creative approaches behind the video: “Everything in the video is done practically and in-camera (absolutely no post-production VFX were added later), all of the stages of the transformation are achieved using prosthetics and all the light leaks in the camera where achieved in-camera with unusual methods such as shining a small torch directly into a broken camera lens, manipulating a split diopter to give a ghostly otherworldly movement to the images and even using my own glasses to move across the lens which warped the images. The four of us (myself, my DP, the actor and my SFX makeup artist) shot the video over 12 hours inside a walled off concrete room in my flat that used to be someone’s garage. I stripped down to nothing and lay down a green tinged shag carpet which proved to be an interesting contrast to the industrial room. My DP and I also ended up going out and cutting numerous branches down from nearby trees so we could move our lights by hand through the tree branches/leaves to cast strange shadows across the performer’s skin as he contorted which gives the illusion that their body is moving around unusually from the inside.”

Watch the video for Monster via YouTube below.

Monster follows blistering recent single Unforgiven, released last month with a visualizer and deemed a “Song You Need” by The FADER, who noted the “ferocious vocals of Special Interest’s Alli Logout,” going on to say: “Vasquez’s strangled voice screams over an apocalyptic sub bass to start things off, and from there, the song descends even further into madness.” Become The Lies, a thrashing dark wave banger, was released in July, about which Vaquez says “I had an identity crisis after discovering dark secrets about my family’s past. This happened while I was writing the album and it destroyed me. ‘Become The Lies’ expresses how everything I thought I knew about my life was untrue. Lies, shame and guilt have been a recurring theme in my music. I explored it in (2018’s) ‘Criminal,’ but during the writing process of ‘Exister’ I became more self-aware and finally understood that I was never the liar in the story.”  The “Become The Lies” single release came accompanied by a perfectly stirring, expressive video starring Vasquez, directed by Wiggy & Nick Blanco. The June release of “intense” (Post-Punk), jolting lead single Him came with the album’s announcement and features a collaboration with fish narc, who appears with Vasquez in the turbulent video for the track, also directed by Wiggy & Nick Blanco. The Needle Drop named the song a Best Track of the week, saying “Goth alert, the goths need to hear this one I think… it’s heavy, it’s quite dark, it’s groovy, it’s very heavily manipulated on the vocal side, it’s a weird a$$ f*&%ing track!” 

The Soft Moon has plans for extensive 2022 Tour Dates in North America and overseas which begin in late September and continue through December. SEE ALL DATES BELOW.

Watch the videos for previous singles Become The Lies & Him (ft. fish narc)

And the visualizer for Unforgiven (ft. Alli Logout)” by Alana-Marie French

The Soft Moon tour dates

*  w/ Fata Morgana

#  w/ Pyrit

√  w/ L.O.T.I.O.N, Trace Amount

%  w/ Model/Actriz


†  w/ Nuovo Testamento

Sep 26 Hamburg, DE – U&G *

Sep 27 Berlin, DE – So36 *

Sep 28 Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz *

Sep 29 Cologne, DE – Gebaude9 *

Sep 30 Poznan, PL – Próżność *

Oct 01 Warsaw, PL – Praga Centrum *

Oct 02 Krakow, PL – Klub Muzyczny Poczta Główna *

Oct 03 Prague, CZ – Futurum *

Oct 04 Munich, DE – Hansa 39 *

Oct 05 Pordenone, IT – Capitol *

Oct 06 Rome, IT – Monk *

Oct 07 Milan, IT – Santeria *

Oct 08 Bologna, IT – Covo *

Oct 10 Toulouse, FR – Le Connexion *

Oct 11 Vigo, ES – Master Club *

Oct 12 Lisbon, PT – LAV room 2 *

Oct 13 Madrid, ES – La Casa Encendida *

Oct 14 Zaragoza, ES – Jardín de Invierno

Oct 15 Barcelona, ES – Nitsa Club (La (2) de Apolo)

Oct 17 Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne  #

Oct 18 Zurich, CH – Mascotte Club  #

Oct 19 Gent, BE – Handelsbeurs  #

Oct 20 Lille, FR – Le Grand Mix #

Oct 21 Luxembourg, LU – Kulturfabrik  #

Oct 22 Brussels, BE – Beursschouwburg  #

Oct 24 Amsterdam, NL  – Paradiso Noord  #

Oct 25 Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje  #

Oct 26 Groningen, NL – VERA  #

Oct 27 London, UK – The Garage  #

Oct 28 Amiens, FR – La Lune des Pirates  #

Oct 29 Paris, FR – Trabendo  #

Nov 09 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts %

Nov 10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg √

Nov 11 Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre %

Nov 12 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry %

Nov 13 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle %

Nov 14 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell Stage) %

Nov 16 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s ¥

Nov 17 Houston, TX – Numbers ¥

Nov 18 Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co ¥

Nov 19 Austin, TX – Mohawk ¥

Nov 21 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom ¥

Nov 25 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater †

Nov 26 San Francisco, CA – The Independent †

Nov 29 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom †

Nov 30 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre †

Dec 01 Seattle, WA – Neumos †

Dec 02 Boise, ID – The Olympic †

Dec 03 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge †

Dec 04 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theatre †

Dec 06 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line †

Dec 07 Chicago, IL – Metro †

Dec 08 Detroit, MI – El Club †

Dec 09 Toronto, ON – The Opera House †

Dec 10 Montreal, QC – S.A.T. †

Dec 11 Boston, MA – The Sinclair †

More information about Exister

The whole point of this record was to share every emotion that I feel,” says The Soft Moon’s Luis Vasquez. “No two songs are the same. It’s about existing in the world as a human being and experiencing many emotions and experiences throughout life.”

And so hence the title ‘Exister,’a record rooted in the ecstatic joys and crippling lows that life can throw up and how just hanging on and existing is sometimes all we have. “Exister is my way of saying ‘I’m here, deal with it.’” Vasquez says.

The reason the album exists as such a personal one for Vasquez is because his life underwent a lot of changes throughout its creation. He left Berlin, his home of many years, and moved to the Joshua Tree to find some space musically, and personally, during lockdown. “I had a ton more freedom than I’ve ever had,” he says. For one, he could actually play drums, which he’s never been able to do before due to space constraints. Even his first album, which was typified by his whispering vocal style, was because of his neighbor situation. In the Joshua Tree, he could unleash himself and let rip and the clearest, and most symbolic result of that, is the prominent, powerful vocals of Vasquez that truly capture someone gaining confidence in their own voice. “I always complained that I never had enough freedom to do everything I wanted,” he says. “This time I literally had everything at my disposal.”

Sonically, this expression is a vast, expansive and potent one. The opening Sad Song, which unfurls with a dense brooding atmosphere, Vasquez describes as almost a ballad, while tracks such as The Pit capture the opposite end of the musical spectrum, exploding as a thundering piece of industrial techno complete with gut-churning levels of bass.

Monster – a song that follows a human metamorphosis into an unrecognizable and destructive being – seamlessly combines a deeply melodic, almost electro pop, vocal hook with slowly building atmospherics to create something equally beautiful and unsettling. Become the Lies explores the devastating consequences of being lied to by your own family and is a post-punk stomper, merging charging basslines, pummeling drums, and snaking guitars, all of which combine explosively. Elsewhere the album runs the gauntlet of everything from ambient to dark wave – featuring ferocious guest contributions from fish narc and Special Interest’s Alli Logout on Him and Unforgiven – all while retaining that distinct tone that’s unmistakably The Soft Moon. 

It felt like something of a musical reset for Vasquez, who had come out of making his last album, Criminal, with some frustrations about the process and end result. “This is the first record where I felt completely detached from my career because of COVID and not touring,” he says. “It felt like all those years before were just a dream. I was trying to write music as if I was starting completely over.” This is also reflected in a new lyrical approach that embraced stream of consciousness delivery, allowing Vasquez to tap into the more pure and raw parts of his inner self.

Another part of this starting again was hoping to make amends with some difficult family situations that had existed from childhood, but the opposite ended up happening and it changed the direction and shape of the record, as he went through a “roller coaster of conflicts” with his mother, which was further exacerbated when his uncle came out of prison after 40 years. “I thought I was done with the album when I found out about family secrets that were so disturbing, I reached breaking point,” he says. “I was overwhelmed and angry. All that pain had to go somewhere and it went into the songs.”

A photo of Vasquez as a child is the album cover and it’s representative of a record that involved reconnecting with his younger self, with a mother-son relationship at the center of the album. “It’s my child self that you hear all over it,” he says. “I was reminiscing and hurting a lot during the writing process. This is possibly my most vulnerable record yet.”

However, despite the pain, anger, vulnerability, and hurt that can be found at the core of this record, there’s also a profound sense of hope and beauty. This transition from a place of discomfort to one of relief is key for Vasquez when making a record and going through a process of healing. It’s been a cathartic process for an artist who can find the creative process quite torturous and fear-inducing. “My main goal is always to express something on the very deepest level possible,” he says. “But to channel that I have to go deep into myself to bring that out. It can be dark.”

However, a key point of reaching deep within himself during the creative process is so the end musical result can act as a bridge. “It’s for other people too,” he says. “I want them to feel things – to not feel alone and to connect. It just makes me feel lighter and a little happier with my life getting shit off my chest.”

On the closing ‘Exister,’ the album seems to reach a place of peace and solace, ending on a quiet, reflective and poignant moment that captures a sense of optimism after a period of upheaval. “I love that feeling of going through turmoil and then knowing that there’s that light at the end of the tunnel,” says Vasquez. “It’s kind of heroic. It’s like climbing to the top of a mountain.”

The Soft Moon Exister album cover artwork

Exister’ track listing

Sad Song


Become The Lies

Face Is Gone


The Pit


Stupid Child

Him (Feat. fish narc)

Unforgiven (Feat. Alli Logout)


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