Not one to hang around, Spencer Krug’s Moonface project has made a swift return following the release of first full length,the fabulously titled Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped back in August 2011.
With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery is a collaborative project between Krug and Finnish band Siinai, the two teams having come into contact a few years back when a previous incarnation of the group toured with Krug’s other project, Wolf Parade. A union was formed, and so when Siinai declared they were searching for a vocalist to come aboard and record an album, Krug stepped up to the plate. Recorded in Helsinki in the latter part of 2011 and the start of the new year, this collaborative effort turned into a dark and yearning, bittersweet concoction with walls of guitars flooding every corner, and Krug’s unmistakable vocal leading the charge.
Listen below, and read on to find out what Siinai’s Risto Joensuu has to say about each of the tracks.
“This was the first track we heard Spencers vocals on. I think, when we [Siinai] heard this, we knew that this was going to be unique and fun project.”
“This song changed a lot from the early demos we sent to Spencer. When we were in studio we wanted it more slow and dirty, so we added some feedback. It did the trick.”
“Spencer had this little song and we wanted to extend it. In the end we didnt make it as long at some points as we felt it should be. Probably a good idea.”
Quickfire I Tried
“When you are recording, you always need some new instruments or things you want to try out. This time they were congas. Why not?”
I’m Not The Phoenix
“Theres some Turkish vibe with the synth here. I love 70′s Turkish rock.”
“This is one of the jams we had in the studio. There was plenty of jamming and it felt right to cut few of them to the record.”
“This song started out as a jam too. Spencer came up with this great dark story and this song became one of my favorite songs on the record.”
Headed For The Door
“This was one of the first songs everyone felt had something special in it. It’s some kind of dark and dramatic anthem. I think Spencer read the letter in the end of the song during the night when everyone else had gone to sleep into a talkback mic in the monitoring room.”
Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips
“Nice and simple pop song. And short by both Siinai and Moonface standards.”
Lay Your Cheek On Down
“By the end of our studio session, we felt we needed one more new song, and before lunch we cut this track, actually in just a few hours. Matti had the chords and Spencer had this poem that fit perfectly. Later we added some piano and it became quite an emotional way to end the record. And we made it to lunch just in time.”
With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery will be released through Jagjaguwar on 16 April, and catch them live on 29 May at London’s Cargo.