Just because Los Angeles based Soft Swells takes its name from a surfing term for tiny, easy-to-ride waves, doesn’t mean they aren’t ready to tackle larger challenges. With each release Soft Swells’ music has become more sophisticated and their sound has grown bigger and bigger. Their greatest challenge yet comes in the form of their latest album Floodlights. The album is a successful experiment in capturing the excitement of Soft Swells live performances, thanks to a talented handful of guest studio musicians.
Having received praise from USA Today, Time Magazine, and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Floodlights proves that Soft Swells’ massive stage sound can be recreated in the studio. Floodlights comes out September 30th and is available for pre-order on the band’s website.
– Jack Anderson