KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 1: Soft Black

photo by Ryan Muir

Soft Black could easily get mixed up in the emerging Brooklyn lo-fi movement, taking minimalist folk-tinged tunes and turning them into modern retro rock gems. Fortunately, the band was lucky enough to get hooked up early with engineer Charles Burst (Crystal Stilts, Neko Case) who helped turn their early demos into the sound you hear today. Their second full length album, The Earth is Black (and Other Apocalyptic Lullabies for Children) wouldn’t exactly qualify as the title of a kids book. In fact, the album cover is downright scary with bleeding clouds and shadows of dead things. Do you ever feel like the sky is dripping on you? Despite the dreary lyrics and overall dark theme it isn’t all doom and gloom, there are some occasional bright spots as well, particularly in their jangly feel-good melodies. Frontman Vincent Cacchione forms the basis of their sound with his fantastic throwback vocals that sound like they could just as easily be transplanted back to the 60’s. This is just good old fashioned Rock ‘N’ Roll. And we like it.

You can read more about the band on their website or listen to additional tracks on MySpace page. And don’t forget to grab the title track, which was featured as a recent Song of the Day podcast.

photos by Ryan Muir
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