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Spencer Krug has made another record under the name Moonface, this time with the help of some new friends. The third product of an ongoing series of changing collaborations and approaches to tune-making is called With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery. Surprise, a two-part title. Let's bust in to this brothel one door at a time.

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  • Audio CD (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B007941D9W
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Yesterday's Fire 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Shitty City 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Quickfire, I Tried 5:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. I'm Not The Phoenix Yet 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. 10,000 Scorpions 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Faraway Lightning 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Headed For The Door 7:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 26 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
The wonderful Spencer Krug needs little introduction. One of the most interesting artists recording today, he is to be found at the heart of the equally excellent Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake projects, not to mention Moonface, whose last outing Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped was a stunner.

Finnish oddballs Siinai may need more by way of exposé, but in fleshing out Krug's current folly to full band status they more than deserve it. Largely instrumental, always epic, Siinai also count among there member-base several on-loan players from Joensuu 1685, whose very credible vintage psyche debut still lingers in the memory.

Their intercontinental partnership with Krug is undoubtedly an obscure one, yet, responsible for the majority of Heartbreaking Bravery's musical direction, Siinai often prove a strikingly beautiful counterfoil to Krug's ever-distinctive vocal and sheer bravado, such as the shimmery guitar drone they provide during the strong opener - the only real mistread of this collaboration coming via the relative non-event "Quickfire, I Tried".

With the exception of "****ty City" (a marauding electro offering underpinned with a swimmingly dense narrative), Heartbreaking Bravery is an album mostly built on cohesive restraint, both Krug and Siinai knowing when to go for it and when to hold back. The solemn, near-Gothic "Headed For The Door", for example, draws its strength from dripping woodblock FX, slow-burn synth and a distant drum beat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Spencer Krug, Restrained. 2 Mar. 2013
By Richie Corelli - Published on Amazon.com
I liked the last Moonface album, but I thought it was a bit too self-indulgent. On that album, Spencer Krug, under the moniker Moonface, had a tendency to get lost in keys and sounds, stretching 3 minute pop songs into 7 minute epics. Sometimes it worked, but sometimes it didn't. With Heartbreaking Bravery, however, Krug is the opposite of self-indulgent. He teams w/ a 4-piece Garage / Krautrock band called Siinai, allowing Siinai to take-on most of the instrumental writing responsibilities. (Interestingly, Siinai's last album, Olympic Games, suffered from similar issues of decadence as the last Moonface release, but, for whatever reason, when Moonface and Siinai combined, they created an album that was more restricted and well-paced).
The aesthetics of this album are theatrical, as is usually the case w/ Krug projects, building from patient, quiet rhythms to crescending movements of noise. It's palette consists of dreary reverby stoner guitars, echoey synths, and hallow drums, somhow throwing back to 70s David Bowie and 80s Echo and The Bunnyumen at the same time.
Heartbreaking Bravery, as the title would suggest, is a melancholy affair; a collection of torch songs in which Krug cries of heartache and broken love in a way that only Krug can. His voice cracks and whines to lyrics that are both dark and humorous. He's over-the-top w/out being ironic. "She was only twenty-three / or she was only twenty-four / I headed for the door / She was looking through old photos on the floor / and I headed for the door."
Spencer Krug has a long history w/ different bands and different sounds. His Wolf Parade project gained him much critical acclaim in the mid-00s. Fifths of Seven, Frog Eyes, and Swan Lake all had deservedly strong followings. And his last Sunset Rubdown album, 2009's Dragonslayer, went down as one of my all-time personal favorites. But this release that he did w/ Siinali, for me, rivals all of that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
diverse, medium paced indie rock with a Bowie-like voice 3 May 2012
By Charlie Quaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A.k.a. Canadian Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade) with his 2nd Moonface album,
this time with Finnish band Siinai, formerly known as Joensuu 1685. The result is a sort of
diverse, medium paced indie rock with a flair for epic drama based around subtly developing
rhythms and a powerful voice. Elements of pulsing Krautrock, punctuated by bursts of soaring
synths and dark guitar chords threaded around & through the commanding vocal presence, lend
this an enveloping aura of majestic beauty and resonance. I often hear the influence of David
Bowie in Krug's voice, along with artists like the National, the Dears, Shearwater, the Besnard
Lakes, Roderick Falconer, Mark Lanegan Band.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of Krug's best works 17 July 2012
By Justin Pruitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is really amazing. Better than moonface's first full-length by a long stretch. Just as good as any Sunset Rubdown release, so if you like Krug's quirky voice, song-writing and yelps. It's all here in a high quality manner.
Dense and Interesting. 24 Nov. 2012
By Kiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It survives multiple listens and gives Handsome Furs a firm handshake and moves on. Great musical Art. Im still Evaluating it. And thats a great thing.
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