- Released: 2020
- Origin: Portland, Oregon, USA
- Label: Cercle Social
- Best Track: Matty Rue
First newly released album on my list today is this one from post-punk/dream-pop band Soft Kill.
I didn’t realise how long these had been around, releasing music since 2011. I really liked their 2018 album Savior, particularly the awesome track ‘Trying Not to Die’.
If anything, they take it up a level with Dead Kids R.I.P. City. Wonderful tracks like ‘Wanting War’ and ‘Matty Rue’, the latter sounding like M83 at their best, point to a band that has honed its craft.
These are ably supplemented by belters like ‘Floodgate’ , ‘Crimey’ and ‘Ducky’, and an intriguingly deep closer in ‘I Needed the Pain’.
On first listen, I wasn’t sure if this album dragged a little at 47 minutes, but it really doesn’t. Besides, there’s no weak track to provide an obvious cull. A superb record.