Is that too many exclamation points? I don't care. This has easily been the shittiest past 2 months in my life since like ever and now that I'm walking around again and able to drive (but still in fucking pain) I was out of the house when I read the Pitchfork tweet about a leak of the first song of the forthcoming Moonface album and I really couldn't contain myself (sorry, people at Jiffy Lube!). And then I got home and took a listen and I'm still freaking out. Moonface -- for those new to this blog or this planet -- is Spencer Krug's latest band incarnation in the wake of his self-imposed shuttering of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, 2 of my favorite 5 bands of all-time. And Moonface, he announced, would be a catch-all for a bunch of different recordings he'd be making in the coming years. The first 2 releases -- a 20-minute single-song EP titled Dreamland followed by a full album of five 8+ minute songs that won the Vague Space 2011 album of the year, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped, were significant departures from his work with WP or SR, heavily organ-based (obviously), more instrumental, no guitars, all keyboards, machine percussion, and a unique but intrinsically thrilling sound that took a while to get into but ultimately was wonderful. This latest Moonface release -- coming April 17th!!! -- is a collaboration with the Finnish instrumental band Siinai, whose members opened for Wolf Parade years ago when they were in a different band, and it's titled Heartbreaking Bravery. I don't know anything about Siinai, I might have listened to one or two of their tracks but I tried to keep from hearing too much while I awaited this collaboration, which Spencer promised to be a return to a heavier rocking sound than the previous Moonface records. And I can confirm that now. This first track is definitely a rock song. A beautiful, perfect, stunning, catchy, and way-too-damn-short track. No slow build like Dreamland or "Fast Peter". This is instantly full of hooks and roaring guitars and smashing drums and... fucking Spencer's perfect fucking voice. Just wow. Fuck. There's some of what I would call futuristic sound effects layered throughout but it's mostly a straight ahead pop song that doesn't sound at all like Wolf Parade and not really much like Sunset Rubdown and nothing like Moonface to date, but it's wonderful. Spencer, unsurprisingly, does it again. And already we have a challenger to Shearwater's "You As You Were" for 2012 song of the year.
You looked so beautiful then. And you look so beautiful now.