Dynamically intriguing SOFT ARROWS have written an album of sad pop songs that are raw around the edges, but with shimmering tunes at the centre. Beautifully captured in a two day burst at sound savers studio in London (Dignan Porch, Flamingods) Soft Arrows pull you into the room and its clear to sense the honesty in the performance throughout.
Emerging into the Brighton scene in 2011, Soft Arrows have taken their 2-piece guitar/drums/vocals set up and set about excavating through the murky history of "guitar music", directing their findings into DIY underground pop. Grabbing at elements of proto-garage, seasick psych and shoegaze, .
Over the last year Soft Arrows have played shows with Deerhoof, Scott & Charlenes wedding, Ty Segall, Mac Demarco , Dum Dum Girls and self released their debut album “All Through The Sinew”, .
'Overlapping Lives' will be available from Monday 30th September through EDILS RECORDINGS on CD, Cassette tape and digitally.
released September 30, 2013
Brighton’s Soft Arrows follow up last year’s superb All Through the Sinew with their brilliant second album, released on Edils Recordings, Overlapping Lives.
Whilst carrying on the shoegaze sound that Soft Arrows had before this record also see them add an edgier sound which is a really good development for them. Opening track Figure 8 really emphasises the heavier sound the band have got while managing to retain plenty of melody to their tunes. Scavenger Birds is one of the heavier moments and is a real highlight while Diving Rod is a more relaxed tune that moves along really nicely. As the record progresses the shoegaze side to Soft Arrows really comes to the forefront of which Bat Signal is a particular joy. Skin Cycle has a punk rock feel to it before a great record ends with the brilliant Flightless Birds a slow burner which develops into something fascinating featuring menacing riffs and vocals.