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SOFT METALS – Debut album out 19th July on Captured Tracks

| On 29, Jun 2011

Self-titled album released 19th July on Captured Tracks

Listen to ‘Psychic Driving’  here:

Soft Metals – Psychic Driving by Soft Metals


Patricia Hall and her boyfriend Ian Hicks have  been enchanting one another with song since the  spring of 2009. Their first meeting was an  audition. Ian was looking for a voice to compliment his moody, cinematic synthesizer  sketches and Patricia hoped to meet the right partner to help put her day dreamy poems and  keyboard melodies to music. Their mutual love of  early 80s synth pop, the nascent incarnations of  house and techno, ebm, krautrock, post punk,  and the first wave of industrial music set the  course.  After a few sessions together the partnership proved to be exactly what  they had both been searching for and Soft Metals was born.

What began as a collaboration between  songwriters soon budded into a passionate love  affair. Song lyrics became secret messages, with  whichPatricia confessed her developing affection  for Ian. The Portland-based duo’s first five original works together, which became the EP “The Cold World Melts”, released on Captured Tracks, is a time capsule of this courtship.

This summer marks the release of their first full length, a self-titled release with Captured Tracks. The album is a further expression of their romance,  but now – 2 years into their relationship – the two are looking a bit more outward. They explore  fantastical soundscapes which conjure the  dramatic cinematic worlds of Dario Argento,  Roman Polanski, Stanley Kubrick, David  Lynch, and the Czech New Wave. Ultra-saturated colors with a touch of noir, opulent architecture,  and mysterious femmes all spring to mind. From  the deep examinations of the human psyche found  in Adam Curtis documentaries (the subject matter of their track “Psychic Driving”), to the controversial  bridge between science and the soul via Carl  Sagan and Ray Kurzweil, the duo revels in  the trans-formative power of love, knowledge, and imagination.

The outcome of all this is a collection of bittersweet electronic pop songs balanced by a delicate surrealism, a patient  sense of experimentation that leaves you floating in your subconscious and moving to the beat . The sonic  landscapes are sleek, but never icy. Even at her most dreamlike, Patricia’s vocals reach an eerie beauty that is  always deeply emotional. This emotional force is mirrored in her lyrics. For example, the gloriously cinematic “Voices”  features our heroine conquering her inner narrative of fear and weakness and finding the vitality to achieve her  dreams. In “Pain,” Hall sings the word with an almost brazen confidence. “It’s that pain,” she coos, in a song about the  sometimes oceanic distance that develops between two souls, as though her familiarity with pain is so deep that she can begin to play with it. Finally, the vintage synthesizers and drum machines evoke a Space Age dreamer’s vision of  the future as evidenced most clearly in the gorgeously atmospheric “Celestial Call”. Soft Metals have a  strange nostalgia for a place not yet visited – a place where we live among the stars