On the Horizon: A Pliable Perception, Soft Metal.

On the Horizon: A Pliable Perception, Soft Metal.

The detrimental flipside to the forging of a USP distinctive as that accredited to Brooklyn label Captured Tracks is that you can foreseeably begin to restrict your horizons. That’s to say that in honing in on indie-pop vibe indebted to grunge, garage and the oneiric in equal measure, it could then become kinda difficult to escape the confines of that particular, if particularly variegated musical kaleidoscope. Though doing away with convention as is so often the wont of Mike Sniper et al., and thus bringing some monochromic variety to the roster are this Portland, Oregon pairing comprising synth wunderkind Ian Hicks and accomplice-cum-vocalist, Patricia Hall. They are Soft Metals, and together they make tracks along the lines of Tell Me – the sort of restive electro that recalls a hashup of Computer World and The Shamen’s Ebeneezer Goode echoing about the unforgiving insides of synth anaesthetists Cold Cave. A place so sunless sounds exactly where we need to be right now, if we’re to have any hope of resisting sunburn this afternoon…

Tell Me was extracted from Soft Metals’ forthcoming sophomore Lenses, which is expected July 29th on Captured Tracks.

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