moon mask’s relapse EP is a new-wave valentine for the perpetually heartbroken, stream it in full now

moon mask's relapse EP is a new-wave valentine for the perpetually heartbroken, stream it in full now

moon mask’s visceral lyricism might not generate the most marketable candy heart slogans, but it sure does hit home when paired with hazy new-wave instrumentation.

The Manila, Philippines-based dream-pop quartet — Consisting of lead-singer/producer Zeon Gomez, guitarist Felipe, bassist Dean Dela Cruz, and drummer Julio Del Prado — has officially mailed out its sophomore EP, relapse, today via ZOOM LENS. The 5-track release is a Valentine’s card addressed to the perpetually heartbroken. Synth leads and reverb-drenched guitar chords twinkle with romanticism, only obscured by a pervasive sense of despair.

relapse is about revisiting old pains — the ones I never really got to talk about for my older material” says Gomez.

These pains include feelings of inadequacy, spoiled prom dates, and overcoming angst through long, aimless drives — a stark contrast to uptempo beats and major scale progressions. relapse is a light at the end the tunnel; a kiss-off printed on a black candy heart.

Purchase relapse here, and stream the EP (which has garnered pre-release buzz from CNN and Spotify’s “Weekend Hangout” playlist) below while polishing off the last few chocolates in your sampler box. Raspberry filling never tasted so bittersweet.


relapse EP tracklisting:

01. boulevard
02. enough
03. promenade
04. risa
05. daytime boyfriend

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