On Wolf Parade's debut, principals Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner struck a delicate, opposites-attract, yin-yang sort of balance. They've diverged since, and both are better for it. In particular, Krug's musical vocabulary is so individual, so distinct, that it deserves to be unbound, free of dilution or compromise. Unlike Boeckner's simple rockisms, there are no convenient touchstones for Krug's flutterings of fancy, his penchant for shifting keys, his blinding torrents of notes, or his dabbling in obscure time signatures, nor for his warbling, vibrato yelp, or his smoky, mythical, lyrical musings. He is at once playful and deadly serious—and at all times, in full motion. Krug moved on from Wolf Parade and from one marvelous solo project, Sunset Rubdown, to another: Moonface. 2010's "Marimba and Shit-Drums," a propulsive 20-minute song-suite played on only the titular instruments, is a masterpiece. His latest LP, Julia with Blue Jeans On, features just voice and piano, and is a more baroque affair—a collision of Krug's classical training and his singular musical mind.
ANDREW R TONRY