July 19, 2011

Trey Kerby didn’t invent being a chill bro, but he perfected it.

Spencer Krug is probably a jerk.

For one, he’s named Spencer. Then there is that one time he grew a mustache for no reason. He’s wearing a headband in his Wikipedia picture, which he didn’t choose, but it still counts because that means the best available picture of him is in a headband. Plus, as everyone knows, he plays in a million bands, all of whom write similar music, typically about horses, and have either animal or astrological names. Surely he knows how complicated this makes it to keep up with him, if you were so inclined.

Moonface is one of those bands, and since it’s named after a celestial body, you know it’s a solo project. Why he needs a second solo project is unknown, but it definitely exists, and their (his?) new record, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped, is so very Spencer Krug that it’s even more confusing why such a band exists.

Maybe it’s because Krug felt that Sunset Rubdown was getting too hooky, and needed an excuse to completely remove any sort of verse-chorus-verse structure, like he did on “Organ Music.” Maybe it’s because he’s worried that people thought more than five of his songs about bodies of water was too many, so he limited himself. Maybe he just really hates the sound of live drums, but they’re so vital to every other band he plays in, that he needed a new outlet to go totally acoustic drum free. Maybe he just started listening to the “Twilight to Starlight” disc of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Whatever the reason this thing exists, it’s pretty good, just so long as you like Spencer Krug. This is probably the Spencer Krugiest record that could exist, from its name to its sounds to its subject matter. It’s a remix record of a record that’s never been released, and if you’re on board the Spencer Krug train, you’ll love it. Otherwise, you’re not really missing anything. Just wait for the next Sunset Rubdown, no big deal.

MP3: Moonface-”The Way You Wish You Could Live in the Storm”
MP3: Moonface-”Fast Peter”

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