Album Release: The Soft Moon—‘Criminal’


Criminal, The Soft Moon's fourth studio album, is a confessional work. Through the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent childhood growing up within the humming ambient sprawl of 80s Mojave Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war with himself. Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling with the risk of these things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez has laid his feelings bare with this: his confession and most self-reflective work to date. Released February 2, 2018.

Go to The Soft Moon on Bandcamp for more about Criminal and Vasquez's self-narrative through musical exploration.

“Guilt is my biggest demon and has been following me since childhood. Everything I do strengthens the narrative that I am guilty,” Vasquez reflects. “The concept of ‘Criminal’ is a desperate attempt to find relief by both confessing to my wrongdoings and by blaming others for their wrongdoings that have affected me.”

Criminal Track Listing

1. Burn 03:20

2. Choke 03:09

3. Give Something 04:30

4. Like a Father 04:40

5. The Pain 04:36

6. It Kills 04:17

7. ILL 02:35

8. Young 03:50

9. Born Into This 03:49

10. Criminal 04:53

YouTube | Burn — The Soft Moon (Official Lyric Video)

The Soft Moon European and US Tour Dates:

SAT 17 FEBRUARY

Botanique - OrangerieBrussels, Belgium

SUN 18 FEBRUARY

De Gudde WellenLuxembourg, Luxembourg

TUE 20 FEBRUARY

Amalgame ClubYverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland

WED 21 FEBRUARY

MagnoliaMilan, Italy

THU 22 FEBRUARY

MonkRome, Italy

FRI 23 FEBRUARY

Lanificio 25Naples, Italy

SAT 24 FEBRUARY

Covo ClubBologna, Italy

WED 7 MARCH

Feierwerk / KranhalleMunich, Germany

THU 8 MARCH

UT ConnewitzLeipzig, Germany

FRI 9 MARCH

HafenklangHamburg, Germany

SAT 10 MARCH

Gebäude 9Cologne, Germany

SUN 11 MARCH

Kleiner KlubSaarbrücken, Germany

TUE 13 MARCH

DoornroosjeNijmegen, Netherlands

WED 14 MARCH

La Condition PubliqueRoubaix, France

THU 15 MARCH

StereoluxNantes, France

FRI 16 MARCH

L'Epicerie ModerneFeyzin, France

TUE 27 MARCH

Johnny Brenda'sPhiladelphia, PA, US

WED 28 MARCH

Music Hall of WilliamsburgBrooklyn, NY, US

THU 29 MARCH

Théâtre FairmountMontreal, QC, Canada

FRI 30 MARCH

Longboat Hall at The Great HallToronto, ON, Canada

SAT 31 MARCH

The Empty BottleChicago, IL, US

MON 2 APRIL

Turf ClubSt. Paul, MN, US

WED 4 APRIL

Larimer LoungeDenver, CO, US

FRI 6 APRIL

Mississippi StudiosPortland, OR, US

SAT 7 APRIL

The CrocodileSeattle, WA, US

SUN 8 APRIL

Biltmore CabaretVancouver, BC, Canada

WED 11 APRIL

The IndependentSan Francisco, CA, US

FRI 13 APRIL

Teragram BallroomLos Angeles, CA, US

SAT 14 APRIL

The CasbahSan Diego, CA, US

MON 16 APRIL

The Bunkhouse SaloonLas Vegas, NV, US

TUE 17 APRIL

Valley BarPhoenix, AZ, US

THU 19 APRIL

Three LinksDallas, TX, US

FRI 20 APRIL

BarracudaAustin, TX, US

SAT 21 APRIL

Paper TigerSan Antonio, TX, US

SUN 22 APRIL

Gasa GasaNew Orleans, LA, US

TUE 24 APRIL

The WoolyGainesville, FL, US

WED 25 APRIL

GrampsMiami, FL, US

THU 26 APRIL

CrowbarYbor City, FL, US

FRI 27 APRIL

Aisle 5Atlanta, GA, US

SAT 28 APRIL

The MothlightAsheville, NC, US

SUN 29 APRIL

DC9 NightclubWashington, DC, US

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