[Cover photo credit to Matteo Nazzari]

The Soft Moon, aka multi-instrumentalist Luis Vasquez, has shared a haunting new video for “Monster”, directed by Bryan M. Ferguson. The single is the latest single off Exister, the new full-length album due out September 23rd, 2022 on Sacred Bones Records. In the video, we watch a metamorphosis of a human into something more monstrous using only practical and in-camera effects.

According to Director Bryan M. Ferguson:

“The song to me evokes a real sense of underlining ache. I knew immediately that the video should be a metamorphosis, a person’s body transforming into something hideous. It’s definitely a literal visual interpretation of what the song is about but I really wanted the transformation from one physical shape to the other to be slow, painful and almost organic.

Everything in the video is done practically and in-camera (absolutely no post-production VFX were added later), all of the stages of the transformation are achieved using prosthetics and all the light leaks in the camera where achieved in-camera with unusual methods such as shining a small torch directly into a broken camera lens, manipulating a split diopter to give a ghostly otherworldly movement to the images and even using my own glasses to move across the lens which warped the images.

The four of us (myself, my DP, the actor and my SFX makeup artist) shot the video over 12 hours inside a walled off concrete room in my flat that used to be someone’s garage. I stripped down to nothing and lay down a green tinged shag carpet which proved to be an interesting contrast to the industrial room. My DP and I also ended up going out and cutting numerous branches down from nearby trees so we could move our lights by hand through the tree branches/leaves to cast strange shadows across the performer’s skin as he contorted which gives the illusion that their body is moving around unusually from the inside.”

Louis Vasquez shares about the upcoming album:

The whole point of this record was to share every emotion that I feel. No two songs are the same. It’s about existing in the world as a human being and experiencing many emotions and experiences throughout life.

“Monster” follows recent singles “Unforgiven“, and “Become The Lies”. The Soft Moon also has plans for extensive 2022 Tour Dates in North America and overseas which begin in late September and continue through December.

The Soft Moon – TOUR DATES

* w/ Fata Morgana

# w/ Pyrit

√ w / L.O.T.I.O.N, Trace Amount

% w / Model/ Actriz

¥ w / MSPAINT

† w / Nuovo Testamento

Sep 26 Hamburg, DE – U&G *

Sep 27 Berlin, DE – So36 *

Sep 28 Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz *

Sep 29 Cologne, DE – Gebaude9 *

Sep 30 Poznan, PL – Próżność *

Oct 01 Warsaw, PL – Praga Centrum *

Oct 02 Krakow, PL – Klub Muzyczny Poczta Główna *

Oct 03 Prague, CZ – Futurum *

Oct 04 Munich, DE – Hansa 39 *

Oct 05 Pordenone, IT – Capitol *

Oct 06 Rome, IT – Monk *

Oct 07 Milan, IT – Santeria *

Oct 08 Bologna, IT – Covo *

Oct 10 Toulouse, FR – Le Connexion *

Oct 11 Vigo, ES – Master Club *

Oct 12 Lisbon, PT – LAV room 2 *

Oct 13 Madrid, ES – La Casa Encendida *

Oct 14 Zaragoza, ES – Jardín de Invierno

Oct 15 Barcelona, ES – Nitsa Club (La (2) de Apolo )

Oct 17 Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne #

Oct 18 Zurich, CH – Mascotte Club #

Oct 19 Gent, BE – Handelsbeurs #

Oct 20 Lille, FR – Le Grand Mix #

Oct 21 Luxembourg, LU – Kulturfabrik #

Oct 22 Brussels, BE – Beursschouwburg #

Oct 24 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord #

Oct 25 Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje #

Oct 26 Groningen, NL – VERA #

Oct 27 London, UK – The Garage #

Oct 28 Amiens, FR – La Lune des Pirates #

Oct 29 Paris, FR – Trabendo #

Nov 09 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts %

Nov 10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg √

Nov 11 Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre %

Nov 12 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry %

Nov 13 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle %

Nov 14 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell Stage) %

Nov 16 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s ¥

Nov 17 Houston, TX – Numbers ¥

Nov 18 Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co ¥

Nov 19 Austin, TX – Mohawk ¥

Nov 21 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom ¥

Nov 25 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater †

Nov 26 San Francisco, CA – The Independent †

Nov 29 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom †

Nov 30 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre †

Dec 01 Seattle, WA – Neumos †

Dec 02 Boise, ID – The Olympic †

Dec 03 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge †

Dec 04 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theatre †

Dec 06 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line †

Dec 07 Chicago, IL – Metro †

Dec 08 Detroit, MI – El Club †

Dec 09 Toronto, ON – The Opera House †

Dec 10 Montreal, QC – S.A.T. †

Dec 11 Boston, MA – The Sinclair †