After kicking around in a steady stream of Meanjin/Brisbane‘s bands over the years, such as Dumb Things, People Mover and Future Haunts, Laura, James and Dan started their new musical venture, dubbed Soft Covers, apparently meeting each other over a free afternoon and a last-minute practice room vacancy.
Now relocated to Naarm/Melbourne, with a homemade 2020 first 6-track cassette “Permanent Part Time” behind them, replete with Down Under lo-fi Jangly Guitar Pop appeal, the trio takes things seriously for their debut album “Soft Serve”, turning to a real recording studio, while at the same time, the instrumentation expands, inspirations widens, and themes deepen, although the DIY-aesthetic and exuberant approach remains the same.
The first teaser from those sessions is the inspired single “The Real Housewives of Porpoise Spit”, more textured and energetic, less jangle, than before, yet still distinctive of the band’s melodic, wistful, and gently endearing Indie Pop style.
Infused with nostalgic, soul-stirring emotional pain, “The Real Housewives of Porpoise Spit” arouses steady urgent drum beats, soft bass pulses, and sadly wandering vibrant ringing guitar riffs, enhanced by warm bittersweet trumpet-like keyboard swells, to underlie evocative atmospheric vocals, dropping high angsty melancholia with sad baritone haloes and distant choral echoes, telling the tale of an old lonely woman who dreams about being perfect like the fabled Ms. Jones.
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