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Moonface aka. Spencer Krug (also a member of Wolf Parade), teams up with the Finnish Progressive Rock group Siinai, on the eagerly-anticipated follow up to their 2012 collaboration, and the result is - My Best Human Face. Krug drifts far from the safe-haven of bland, interminable piano ballads, into a soundscape permeated with bleeping synths, pulsating rhythms, and guitar motivated pessimism.

My Best… sports an impressive psychedelic luster that is accompanied at times by a shoegaze-esque background soundscape, best heard in the reverb-saturated guitar undertones of ‘Risto’s Riff’ and the closing track ‘The Queen of Both Lightness and Dark’. On the whole, the record swings between these looming, downbeat instrumentals and harder-hitting, beat-filled tracks laden with electronic bursts, and in the case of the aforementioned ‘Risto’s Riff’, achieving both within a single track. Complementing the psychedelic and art-rock texture of My Best… are Krug’s vocals, which creates a charming and emotive commentary for the album.

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The first and finest listen of My Best… is the melodic ‘The Nightclub Artiste’. This tuneful and emotional piece narrates a lover’s quarrel and the subsequent despondence and spite of one of the lovers. Punctuated by moving strokes of the keyboard and a background of reverb, the opening six-or-so minutes of the album climax in a tempestuous segment that paves the way for the remainder of the record.

The faster paced and shoegaze-y ‘Risto’s Riff’ is next, delving into themes of indecisiveness and carefree outlooks. ‘Ugly Flower Pretty Vase’ follows, a track grounded in dependence and fragility, where the narrator deems himself impotent ‘Look after me, for I am weak and fragile’ and in dire need of emotional support in the form of a friend or lover.

Deeper into the record, the listener encounters ‘City Wrecker’, a self-reflective ballad where X admits that his own doings have ruined his happiness, and that no matter where he is, he will always drive out those he loves, inevitably ‘wrecking’ each place/city by losing their presence. The penultimate song, ‘Prairie Boy’, whilst sonically swift, rather unfortunately fails to keep pace with the rest of My Best… in terms of quality.

Concluding the album is ‘The Queen of Both Lightness and Dark’, a potent track that merges self-loathing, mindless devotion and resentment towards a partner into one excellent piece, jam-packed with electronic punctuations, reverberation and one final cacophony to enjoy before the silence.

Rating : 6.6
Highpoints: ‘The Nightclub Artiste’, ‘The Queen of Both Lightness and Dark’
Lowpoints: ‘Prairie Boy’, ‘Them Call Themselves Old Punks’

For more info on Moonface head to www.moonface.ca

Review by Alex Miller and Luke Pillar

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