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Spencer Krug has released an insane amount of music over the past two decades — with Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake, his solo project Moonface, and more — but in all that time he’s never put out an album under his own name. Until now. “I’m just tired of the name [Moonface], and crave the excitement of a clean slate,” Spencer said in 2018 when he revealed that he’d be retiring his former moniker. “I’m in my 40s now, and ready to make music and tour under my own name – Spencer Krug; ready to get personally behind what I do in a more literal and meaningful way.”

In 2019, Spencer began releasing a song a month on his Patreon, and now he has completed his first album as Spencer Krug, featuring full-band versions of songs that were originally released as piano ballads via Patreon. It’s some of Spencer’s most earthy music — full of breezy acoustic guitars, piano, and a great deal of pedal steel — and it’s nice to hear him make such a relaxed, stripped-back album. And though the arrangements are a little more straightforward for his standards, the song writing is about as classic Spencer Krug as it gets.

Long time fans will find this comfortingly familiar, and if this album is the first you’re hearing from Spencer, this album would give you a good idea of what makes his song writing so special and timeless.

Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug Announces Debut Album Under His Own Name

Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug has announced new solo album Fading Graffiti which will be out April 16th via his own helpfully named label, Pronounced Kroog. His first album released under his own name, it takes songs that originated as piano ballads on Krug’s Patreon in 2019 and recontextualizes them as indie rock. After abandoning his Moonface moniker and successfully launching his Patreon subscription, Wolf Parade member Spencer Krug has announced his first album under his own name. Fading Graffiti is due on April 16th as the first release on the artist’s own label.

The album is composed of 10 full-band versions of songs that initially debuted on Krug’s Patreon account throughout 2019 as solo piano compositions. Krug and his new band recorded the songs at the tail-end of that year at the Noise Floor Recording Studio on Gabriola Island in British Columbia. According to the album’s pre-order page, the Patreon was “used to help fund the creation of the album.”

As heard on the newly released title track, the new version swaps out the original’s neoclassical slow burn for twanging rock fare augmented by slide guitar and synths. An accompanying lyric video by aitso draws out the song’s murmuring psychedelia by layering multiple videos of Krug dancing and singing along to the track.

Though this is Krug’s first album under his own name, it’s hardly his first solo album — Sunset Rubdown debuted in 2005 as Krug’s solo vehicle before becoming a full band, which led to the creation of Krug’s Moonface moniker in 2009. His final album as Moonface was 2018’s “This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet”. Wolf Parade released “Thin Mind” in early 2020.

First single from the album by the same name Listen to “Fading Graffiti” coming April 16th.