The following review was first published for Beatroute Magazine.
Spencer Krug has an alchemical disposition: more specifically, everything he touches turns to gold. From his earliest keyboard contributions on Frog Eyes’ Tears of the Valedictorian, to his continued collaboration with Frog Eyes front man Carey Mercer and Destroyer’s Dan Bejar on the Swan Lake project, to his solo project, Sunset Rubdown, Krug has proven to be as adaptable as he is consistent. All of this is to say nothing of Wolf Parade, the band for which Krug is best known.
The most recent addition to Krug’s veritable pantheon of bands is Moonface, who are already set to release the follow-up to 2011’s Organ Music, Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped this April. With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery, marks yet another collaborative effort for Krug, this time with Finnish band Siinai who provide the musical backdrop to Krug’s meditations on heartbreak.
Unsurprisingly, the album is a complete success. Siinai’s lush and hypnotic instrumental landscapes are completely complimentary to Krug’s unique voice, and occasional keyboard flourishes. With Siinai… proves to be a perfect antidote to the saccharine sweetness of our post Valentine’s Day Spring. Krug and co. approach sadness with heartbreaking bravery. One can only hope that Krug’s most recent project will be an enduring one: in Siinai, he has found musicians capable of furthering the intricate subtlety of his literate lyrical sensibilities. With Siinai… is proof that the Moonface project is the beginning of a new and exciting era for Krug.