New Video: The Stark Sounds and Visuals of The Soft Moon’s “Give Something”

Luis Vasquez is an Oakland, CA-based singer/songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and creative mastermind behind the critically applauded industrial/dark wave/post-punk recording project The Soft Moon. Vasquez’s latest Soft Moon album, the recently released Criminal is reportedly one of his most confessional albums he has released to date, as the material is written through a stark lens of shame and guilt, in which the material thematically focuses on a man at war with himself, battling with self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement paired with the fear of those things transforming him into the type of person he normally despises.

Criminal‘s latest single is the broodingly stark and atmospheric “Give Something,” a track that pairs his falsetto with thumping beats, razor sharp synths and industrial clang and clatter. Interestingly, as Vasquez explains in press notes, the track focuses on his inability to reciprocate love and tenderness to another person. “Having no control over the constant urge to sabotage all things that are good for me, there is irony and frustration in knowing that in the end, the impossibility of love is what ultimately will save me from my myself.” It’s a plaintive and gut wrenchingly urgent call for help from a deeply troubled, emotionally damaged yet incredibly self-aware person.

Directed by Kelsey Henderson and featuring video effects and color by Victoria Keddie, the recently released video for “Give Something” focuses on a split screen throughout — one the left, a topless woman with her back to the screen and a couple seemingly in the middle of intense coitus, with the same woman from the left hand side grabbing and scratching the back of her lover with a desperate, painful grip that leaves marks. At points the visuals go through stuttering visual effects that on one level makes it look as though the woman may be abusing herself  — or her lover — out of selfish motivations.

Vasquez will be embarking on a month long North American tour with Boy Harsher that begins tonight with a set at Johnny Brendas in Philadelphia, and includes a March 28, 2019 stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Check out the rest of the North American tour dates and extensive European tour dates, below.

The Soft Moon + Boy Harsher – North American Tour:
03/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
03/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/29 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
03/30 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall
03/31 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
04/02 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
04/04 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04/06 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
04/07 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
04/08 – Vancouver, BC – BIltmore Cabaret
04/11 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
04/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
04/14 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
04/16 – Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse
04/17 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
04/19 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
04/20 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
04/21 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
04/22 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
04/24 – Gainesville, FL – The Wooly
04/25 – Miami, FL – Gramps
04/26 – Tampa, FL – The Crowbar
04/27 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
04/28 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
04/29 – Washington, DC – DC9

The Soft Moon – European Summer Dates:
05/18 – Lohr am Main, DE – Umsonst und Drinnen
06/02 – Lourmarin, FR – Yeah Festival
06/04 – Tours, FR – Aucard de Tours Festival
06/06 – Caen, FR – Le Cargo
06/07 – Angouleme, FR – La Nef
06/08 – Annecy, FR – Stereolithe
06/10 – Moscow, RU – BOLb Festival
06/22 – Amiens, FR – Minuit Avant La Nuit
07/21 – Herk de Stad, BE – Rock Herk Festival
08/14 – Dortmund, DE – FZW Club
08/15 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof
08/16 – Osnabruck, DE – Kleine Freiheit