If this Mercury Lounge show represents the new normal for The Soft Moon, this will be the last time I will be able to see them in a venue this size. After catching their sold out Glasslands show over in Brooklyn back in September, I knew they were on the way up. Three months later in Manhattan, the San Francisco band showed that momentum is still going. This show kicks off a mini-tour for the band that will take them up to Boston, out to Chicago and Columbus, and down South before they wrap things up in Washington, DC later this month. The band’s live act seems at times like a note-perfect rendition of their two records, The Soft Moon, Zeros and the Total Decay EP, which makes sense for a band whose sound relies upon the dark, at-times cold vibe created by their electronics. The band comes across confident and polished, perhaps reveling in the semi-anonymity created by playing in total darkness, with only their window blind-like video projections lighting the room. If you happen to be in any of the cities listed here, you owe it to yourself to check them out in a small club while you can.
I recorded this set with a soundboard feed by head FOH Kevin Mazzarelli and MBHO KA500N hypercardiod microphones. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!
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The Soft Moon
New York, NY USA
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Recorded and produced by acidjack
Soundboard + MBHO KA500N>MBP603>Aerco MP-2>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, adjust levels, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter (tape effect)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks [Total Time: 50:46]
01 Die Life
03 Into the Depths
04 Dead Love
06 [banter/false start]
11 [“encore” break]
12 We Are We