Song of the Day: Soft Sleep – Unravel

photo by Chona Kasinger

photo by Chona Kasinger

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Unravel” by Seattle band Soft Sleep from their 2015 self-titled EP Rocket Heart Records.

Soft Sleep – Unravel (mp3)

There’s nothing like a nice surprise from musicians you love. Guitarist Tony Ruland, from the now-defunct KEXP favorite The Lonely Forest, has taken a loose collection of artistic impressions and, with a little help from his creative friends Erik Walters (Silver Torches, The Globes) and Kyle Holland (Cumulus), has crafted them into a dreamy collection of indie soundscapes, releasing them in the form of his new project, Soft Sleep. Marinated in moments of gravity and excellence, the self-titled EP’s tracks swell around your ears, drifting phrases of 1980s new wave wash in and out of your subconscious calmly like the tide. As the first single from the EP, “Unravel” is steeped in melodies and lyrics that temper domestic nostalgia with a bit of honesty. There is a rich, lonesome sensuality that builds from its opening drum break, slowerly unfolding until you are up to your neck in its catchy pools of sound. A welcome release to wet our palettes and tide us over until we can get our hands on the upcoming full LP.

If you’re hoping to catch Soft Sleep live, you’re in luck. They have just been announced to perform Seattle’s premier festival Bumbershoot on Saturday, September 5th. Keep up to date with the group’s other activities at their offical site, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. For now, pre-order your copy of the EP here.

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One Comment

  1. Jill Waters
    Posted May 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    The lyrics, the vanilla song writing, the production… This sounds like Christian music from 2005.

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