Tonight at The Mill: Moonface takes the stage alongside Salt Cathedral

Moonface's latest album, Julia With Blue Jeans On, has been hailed as one of his best albums to date.
Moonface’s latest album, Julia With Blue Jeans On, is one of Spencer Krug’s best albums to date.

Moonface w/ Salt Cathedral

The Mill — March 5 at 8 p.m. ($8-12)

Indie-rock legend Spencer Krug will be visiting Iowa City tonight for a special show at The Mill, co-sponsored by The Englert Theatre and SCOPE Productions. Krug, known for his work in the hugely influential groups Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, will be performing under his latest project Moonface.

Krug’s latest record under the new Moonface project, Julia With the Blue Jeans On, received positive reviews from Pitchfork and The Quietus. Julia is a stark album (especially when compared to 2012’s intense Heartbreaking Bravery in which Krug was backed up by the Finnish rockers Siinai) — the album is nearly 50 minutes long and is entirely composed of just his voice and piano, and as Krug adds, “written alone in a cold Helsinki studio.”

In an interview over Skype, Krug described the difficulties of being so straightforward with his music. Krug’s work in his previous projects were notable for just how much material he could fit into a song — using long and unusual metaphors, frantic rhythms and tons of overdubs his songs are often knotty and complicated. Therefore, Julia, with it’s naked lyrics and piano, represents a turn towards clarity for Krug — although, he adds, “all art has tricks.”

Moonface has been occasionally pigeon-holed as a project that simply focuses on a particular album at a time on each album (especially after the second album “Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I Hoped”), but Krug says he wants to make music as naturally and organically as possible without a predesignated plan. Indeed, he revealed he had recently been working on new songs with Siinai, though he has no specific plans for those songs.

At the end of the day, Krug says he wants to do just one thing — make something sincere, tricks or no tricks.

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