The Soft’s new free EP “Hot Summer” is an alluring wonder. The music seems to exist in some half-world, somewhere between heaven and earth. No, that’s not some silly hyperbole. The music is grounded in very real instrumentation — electronic beats, warped noises, repeated programming, and deliberate craftsmanship. But the other half is the allure — warm glowing synth, the impassioned vocals of a love-crooner floating about the room like perfume, and a pulsating sense of hypnotics. The record moves in and out of dance music, deeply melodic and romantic melodies light as a breeze, and playful atmospheric layering. The single “Tropisms” seems to encapsulate both the music and its effect on the listener. There’s a sweet piece of lyricism about intense attraction and its nearness to ruin: “I wish I was your desolation.” The floating nature of the record makes it feel organic, like some flashing pulsar amid a wash of magnetic fields and galactic emission. Listen to “Tropisms” below. Lose yourself in it. It’s wonderful. One of the best singles of 2011. It’s like traveling among the stars. Follow The Soft at facebook or listen to the music at soundcloud. The band is: Henry Morris on vocals, guitars; Zander Fletcher on vocals, synthesizers; and William Glass on synthesizer and organ. Note: Lyrics are unofficial. — David D. Robbins Jr.
The Soft “Tropisms”