Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark - Moonface
The word “prolific” is bandied about pretty readily these days, but in the case of Spencer Krug it’s not just appropriate, it’s an understatement.
A founding member of Wolf Parade, Krug’s played in numerous bands, including Frog Eyes, Fifths of Seven, Sunset Rubdown, and Swan Lake.
Presumably named after the character of the same name in Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree series, Moonface is Krug’s latest musical venture and on this, his third album under the Moonface moniker (released last month by Jagjaguwar Records), the songs are stripped down to just his voice and a piano.
The result is far less chaotic than much of his previous work, and consequently, potentially more accessible. Many of the tracks have are almost cinematic in character, and I’m a sucker for that.
Krug first caught my attention when a friend sent me Sunset Rubdown’s third album, “Random Spirit Lover”, while I was living in Melbourne for a few months in early 2008. Aside from his quirky and potently emotive voice, what drew me in were his whimsical song titles and lyrics.
For example, on the Sunset Rubdown track “The Taming of the Hands that Came Back to Life” Krug sings:
She said, “My sails are flapping in the wind.”
I said, “Can I use that in a song?”
She said, “I mean the end begins.”
I said, “I know. Can I use that too?”
The lyrical finesse is still pervasive on “Julia with Blue Jeans On”, but it’s a more introspective and Weltschmerz-laden flavour than Krug’s usual fare. It may be his best work yet, it’s certainly his most direct.
Contributed by @craigwilson.