WL//WH is pleased to welcome back Soft Riot, the longstanding solo moniker of Vancouver-bred, Glasgow-based veteran experimental mutant Synth-Pop creator Jack Duckworth (a.k.a. JJD), with the Video Premiere for the scratchier “Breakdown Version” of Soft Riot’s first single, “A Spade Is Played Again”, taken from his forthcoming 10th album “No.”, scheduled to be released on August 11, 2023, via Possession Records (UK) and Wave Tension Records (NL).
Soft Riot’s sound is an amalgamation of JJD’s personal experience with music, containing elements of Synthesizer-based Film Soundtracks, romantic Italo-style flourishes, throbbing arpeggiations and angular, Psychedelic Synth-pop, all tied together with an underlying tension. It is a science-fiction-heavy soundscape that narrates the listener through today’s fractured, excessive landscape with hints of black humor.
“A Spade Is Played Again” drives nostalgic, overwhelming thought-provoking vibes through a vibrant and dissonant flamboyant concoction of urgent heavy stomping drum beats, bouncy droning bass oscillations and whirring FXs, manically stabbed by jagged and screechy resounding guitar riffs, to surround depth-defying gravelly vocal magnetism with menacing echoes swept in deception and doom.
Dark, suggestive DIY visuals, starring JJD and Leyre Mann Vadillo, expose life as a rigged system where doubt and misdirection inject inverted perception into insightful visions. A pair of mysterious strangers play a psychic card game of guess the geometric shape, whilst dark celestial skies, neon 80s-tinged performance shots, and rapid shifts in motion shuffle latent negative feelings through a paranoid lens of subliminal fear.
Soft Riot‘s tenth full-length album “No.” is due out, in 12″ Vinyl LP /Digipak CD & Digital formats, on August 11, 2023, as a joint release between JJD’s co-founded label Possession Records (UK) and Wave Tension Records (NL).
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