Darkness Descends

A couple of new wave acolytes dig up some dusky sounds

The first song on Soft Moon’s latest album, Zeros, is titled “It Ends,” which is about as cheery as it gets for this lot. Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2010, the Bay Area group has excelled in creating drab electronic-tinged downers, but with the sort of nuanced textures, industrial filigrees (they recently remixed a song by Trent Reznor’s new band), and murky Joy Divisiony guitars to make it more than just a depression session. They learned early on how to find the right balance between minor keys and expressionism—a trait they likely picked up from listening to misery mechanists like Einstürzende Neubauten and about every 4AD artist who put out a record before 1986. Openers Majical Cloudz will provide a slightly more uplifting counterpoint to Soft Moon’s negativity.
Tue., Jan. 8, 10:30 p.m., 2013

 
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