Remembering the Future
Origin (Bonus Track)
Zeros distills the brooding atmospherics of The Soft Moon’s previous album and EP into tighter, more concentrated forms. The result is both seductive and unnerving. With the aid of producer Monte Vallier, multi-instrumentalist Luis Vasquez (The Soft Moon’s sole member) uses the jittery clatter of ‘80s techno-rock as a departure point for his own insinuating soundscapes. This time, vocals are pushed back in the mix, intermeshing with the rippling beats and synth washes to add another layer of mystery and intrigue. If the meanings of these not-quite-instrumentals are unclear, their emotional thrust comes through with a distinctly dark edge. Tracks like “Insides,” “Machines,” and the title tune hint at forbidden pleasures amid their nervous drum tattoos and minimalist melodies. Vasquez conjures gothic visions with the shivery tones of “Lost Years” and veers toward dance floors with the funk-tinged “Remember the Future.” There are no wasted notes or false flourishes here; each track radiates a palpable sense of mood yet offers space for individual experiences. It's forbidding yet remarkably accessible, a compelling soundtrack to a thousand secret movies of the mind.