Not only is Wolf Parade back in the swing of things, but Spencer Krug has also reactivated his Moonface moniker. Next month, he will issue a new album under the alter ego called My Best Human Face. Due out through Jagjaguwar, it’s a collaboration with Finnish outfit Siinai and follows 2013’s Julia with Blue Jeans On. (The two previously worked together on Siinai’s 2012 record.)
In a press release, Krug talked about the record and its title:
“I called this thing My Best Human Face not only because that’s one of my favorite lines on the album, but because I sometimes don’t know who I am, or if I’m as kind and generous and happy as other people. The title speaks to the vague theme of identity-confusion that is loosely woven into the songs – a reoccurring theme I recognized only after the writing was done. It’s a confusion which I think exists for most of us, sure, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the campfire in the middle of our circle; we don’t have to stare into the flames. It’s simply not that important. At end of it all, these are good-time songs, meant to inspire good times in the listener. They were made joyously, with a stubborn love of music at their centre. And while some of the content might be dark or sad, the memories of making these songs brings only gladness and gratitude, and it’s their construction, not deconstruction, that I want to celebrate now.”
Ahead of the album’s June 3rd release date, he and Siinai have let loose a new song titled “Them Call Themselves Old Punks”. Over meandering guitars, Krug calls out the punks, singing: “I’ve heard them call themselves old punks/ I’d say we’ve all stared at the moon until its nothing but a rock in the sky/ There’s nothing punk about that.”
Stream it below.
For more of the record, check out “Risto’s Riff”.
My Best Human Face Tracklist:
01. The Nightclub Artiste
02. Risto’s Riff
03. Them Call Themselves Old Punks
04. Ugly Flower Pretty Vase
05. City Wrecker
06. Prairie Boy
07. The Queen Of Both Darkness And Light