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Do You Remember
Soft Metals - Do You Remember
But what makes them stand out from the myriad other biters of these sounds is their punchy, purposeful songwriting, their flab-free arrangements and the crystalline vocals of Hall, which come over like a heavily reverbed, robotized descendent of Young Marble Giant’s Alison Statton. This is proper electronic pop music, coolly (retro)futuristic but sweepingly romantic, and highly recommended to fans of John Foxx, early Human League and modern day standard-bearers like Xeno & Oaklander and John Maus. ~FACT Magazine
When I first discoveredSoft Metals - The Cold World Melts 12” from Captured Tracks (CT-69) last year I thought I was privy to some secret wondrous 12”. I had only heard clips, and couldn’t snatch it off what at the time, but I dig most things released by CT so I dove in head first. The above description hits exactly on some of my first reactions to the The Cold World Melts last year: retro but futuristic, and darkly poppy, but sensually romantic. Also that EP is on beautiful heavy weight white vinyl. Can’t beat white.
So I’ve been anticipating this LP for some time, and it doesn’t disappoint. It sounds a little colder and more alien than the EP. When listening back to back, The Cold World Melts actually sounds like warm electronics, if that makes sense. There’s a constant assault of snyth beats, and while the first listen left me wanting a little more to be desired, the beat ultimately creates a hypnotic landscape. The more I listen, the more I like.
Soft Metals - s/t LP on Ltd turquoise/green heavy vinyl is available for sale now from Captured Tracks mailorder here
The eponymous debut album of the Rayographs was recorded by legendary underground producer John Hannon at a studio in a farm in Essex.Dense in its variety, shifting through urgent riffs, nightmarish, hollowed out 60s pop and looped narrative, the songs are deeply personal in their biographical fortitude.Rayographs is an album emblazoned by heroines.
Rayographs have carved out their own distinctive sound which taps into a dark shimmering psychedelia: blue like petrol, kaleidoscopic with flecks of colour throughout. The songs have an odd timeless quality that yearn for absent cinematic visuals. Swooping, atmospheric vocals, stream-of-consciousness vignettes encased in 60s garage hooks. Rayographs are Astrud Steehouder (guitar/ vocals), Jessamine Tierney (bass/ vocals) and Amy Hurst (drums/ occasional vocals).
Very excited to hear some dark Lynchian tunes from Rayographs for the first time. I stumbled on Desire Records from their Soft Metals 7” release (hint hint SM LP please…), and its always refreshing to become acquainted with a new label, a new friend. Unfortunately only the compact disc is available, but rest assured vinyl following by end of June. Check more jewels from this label here, and keep and eye out for the Rayographs s/t LP very soon…
Update: You can pre-order the Rayographs s/t LP here. Ltd to only 300 copies on colored vinyl.
I have some sort of ebola/death plague strain that’s been killing me all weekend. Here’s some organ filled dark music fitting for how I’ve been feeling.
So I mentioned a couple weeks back that Soft Metals have a new 7” and mine arrived this weekend. The new 7” split is with Jewels Of The Nile is up for sale from Desire Records. Soft Metals is covering Hot On The Heels Of Love by industrial godfathers Throbbing Gristle while Jewels Of The Nile is doing Deathwish by deathrock pioneers Christian Death. Limited to 300 copies on grey vinyl, secure your copy here. The grey vinyl is very unique & I quite fancy it.
Dark & romantic synth pop, with the right combination of Italo club beats for you to dance your face off. Soft Metals are the DJ duo Patricia Furpurse and Ian Hixx merging simple, but intoxicating analog synths with gorgeous 80esque vocals from Patricia to provide the perfect dark oubliette dance soundscape. Somehow these Portlanders ended up on the most hallowed Brooklyn label Captured Tracks (you must remember by now? where dum dum girls got their start). They’ve managed to slip under the radar, and I’ve been sitting on their fantastic 5 track The Cold World Melts EP for too long. Limited to 500 on white vinyl, mine was actually white with black wisps…details details. I’d say if you’re a fan of Chromatics, Glass Candy, or anything from Italians Do It Better you will die in love with Soft Metals. Grab the The Cold World Melts EPhere, its pretty far down list. Maybe apple/ctrl soft m, would be helpful? Wild Nothing’s Summer Holiday 7” is back in print from captured as well, with possibly his best song, so snag it while you’re there.