WL//WH Track Of The Day : SOMA CAKE “When We Were (Angels)”

Track Of The Day  Soma Cake

Released at the beginning of December, but just inserted in the Bandcamp of the fellow independent label Stupid Decisions, the second album, “The Longest Hug”, from Mexican duo Soma Cake, comprised of Jose Chávez (guitar & vocals) and Alexis Rios (bass), from Reynosa, right on the border with Texas, following their debut full-length “Girls Bite Harder”, realized in Spring 2018, implements in the best possible way the band’s intoxicating concoction of post-punk, shoegaze and dream pop.

“When We Were (Angels)” is introduced by sparkly, hypnotic 6-string notes of drama-instilled anticipation, that unfurl under shimmering reverbed abrasive layers of guitar, gauzy icy synths flows, and repetitive mesmeric snare beats, to create a desolate and restless bipolar mood between belief and acceptance, simultaneously intense and introspective, beautifully fuelled by a sprawling deeply resounding bassline, on the forefront, that throbs, seethes and meanders around desperately depressed, misunderstood male vocals enhanced sorrowfully by enduring alienation and fear.

Unfit to be loved and afraid to change a man finds himself with two choices, either “close your eyes, point in the dark,” or “do not be afraid to feel.”

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