Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) surfaced in Portland in the form of Moonface Wednesday night. He had just flown in from his latest home of Helsinki to support his fourth Moonface release, Julia With Blue Jeans On – a stunning collection of home-recordings composed of Krug’s vocals, a piano and powerful songwriting.
The performance was intimate and entertaining as Krug interacted with fans and encouraged banter between songs. Dim lighting, sweeping piano chords and Krug’s howling vocals silenced the audience to a level that almost made Krug uncomfortable, “I’ve played a lot of shows, but still get weirded out by sit-down shows. It feels like a recital or a wedding. Feel free to dance or do a shot, it’s Wednesday.”
Krug often referenced his vulnerability during the performance and, before diving into “November 2011,” issued a disclaimer, “This album is full of love songs and this [song] is possibly the worst offender, so bear with me. If this will make you uncomfortable, then it might be a good time for a cigarette.”
It was an impressive evening that displayed Krug’s maturation as a musician and songwriter. It will be exciting to see what he does next with Moonface.