Boomkat Product Review:
The Soft Moon come over all EBM and NIИ-like in their 4th album for Captured Tracks.
Touted as “…the most self-reflective work to date by the industrial/post punk mastermind…” it tallies up his signature snarlers and leather-clad antics with more forays into decidedly ‘90s style of gothic synth-pop and steaming cyberpunk slammers. It’s a ravishingly dramatic and erotic record - one for the darkrooms, moist teenage bedrooms and grimacing headphone commutes.
“‘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.
“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.”