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By John Norris @jonnynono
It's been a year of changes for Spencer Krug, who up until about this time last year had been pretty much a musical bachelor since the dissolution of his twin marriages, to the indie-art-rock juggernauts Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, several years back. Krug's releases under the alias Moonface had been mostly all him, excepting percussionist Mike Bigelow, who collaborated on Organ Music...
But in the summer of 2011, he took a chance on a new collaboration, with the Finnish post-rock outfit Siinai, and in a surprisingly compact few weeks spent in Helsinki, in the Finnish countryside and in Berlin, put together Heartbreaking Bravery--as grand and motorik a record as Krug has been involved with in an already pretty illustrious career - and certainly the most open and vulnerable. It's got great, propulsive moments like "I'm Not the Phoenix Yet" and "Teary Eyes amd Bloody Lips", more regret-panged mourners in "Headed For the Door"and "Heartbreaking Bravery", and even a Bowie descendant, "Yesterday's Fire".
Krug and Siinai have taken the songs on the road for the past few months, first in Europe and then much of the U.S., and it was at the tail end of that American swing that we recently caught up with the singer at New York's Bowery Ballroom, for this conversation. We talked about those live shows, how it felt to be back on the road with a proper band for the first time in several years, and how and why he's taken to reading from a book on stage nightly, during a passage in the contemplative "Headed For the Door". We also discuss the album's two rather stunning Marsha Balaeva-directed videos, one of which, "Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips" you'll see in full.
The partnership with Siinai has gone so well that Krug reports he and the Finns already have plans for a second record together. Also: what does Krug think of his ex-bandmate Dan Boeckner's new project Divine Fits? What possessed Krug to pack up his things--and sell the rest--and move from his longtime base of Montreal, for Helsinki? And what's the worst time of the year for suicide in Finland? (It's not what you might think) The answers to all that and more this week, as we set down with a guy who doesn't normally do a lot of on-camera interviews--so we're especially excited to have him.
This week on Face Time it's conversation and music from Spencer Krug of Moonface.