Soft Metals

LA's Soft Metals formed in 2009 after Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall met at a DJ night and connected over their obsession with analog synthesizers and the shadowy, sultry, untamed expressions of underground electronic music. Their early collaborations paired Patricia's delicate vocals and introspective lyrics with Ian's solo sketches. Soon they moved on to writing music together, building songs from wild, improvised sessions in Ian's home studio. Their genre blurring brand of voltaic pop draws inspiration from a spectrum a sources including krautrock, synth wave, and techno. They've won over audiences in situations as varied as experimental noise shows in dingy basements, to sleek, modern nightclubs, to clandestine after hours warehouse parties, to dimly lit dives where post punk and synthpop records fuel the dance floor.
Soft Metals found a home on Brooklyn's Captured Tracks with the 2010 EP The Cold World Melts. The following year Hicks and Hall presented us with their debut self-titled long player; an album steeped in driving beats, maximalist textures, and the perfect placement of Hall's atmospheric vocals.
July 2013 will see the release of Soft Metals' next installment, Lenses; a continuation of their ethos aiming directly at your body and subconscious mind with an intimacy that only lovers can bring. The song "Lenses" describes the experience of shifted consciousness with the lyrics "breaking through my perception of you, breaking through my concept of life". It celebrates the feeling of escape from a mind imprisoned with lack of presence and stuck in habit all set to an earnest beat and lush enigmatic melodies that entwine and seduce. "Tell Me", "No Turning Back", When I Look Into Your Eyes" expresses that nervous, vulnerable feeling of falling for someone, but questioning the reality of the situation asking "Is this love true? Or are we just lost in lust?", "when you said you loved me, I laid my whole life down", "When I look into your eyes, I wonder if we'll meld". "In the Air", perhaps the most movement inspiring track of the album, is a dense, pulsating piece about the power of nature, the effects of seasonal changes on all living things that rule over sexuality, productivity, and inspiration- the basis of man's various forms of mysticism.

Deluxe (feat. Jayson of Ghost of Chance)

Deluxe is J. Chance (vocals) and Dave Brook. A Electro-pop band started in 2009, but semi abandoned till 2011 with the recording of new songs.Deluxe is based out of the New Haven, Conn area. Both Jayson and Dave play multiple instruments including analog synths, drum machines, software that uses granular synthesis, guitar, and bass.

"There is something pleasantly retro about Deluxe’s new single “Plastic Glass”. A light touch with the synth keeps the song from getting too heavy. Good mixing keeps it from being all about the electronics. Real guitars slide in beautifully with the digital effects and als o help keep it from sounding too retro, too much like a throwback…melody is pretty and catchy and Jayson Munro's voice carries well over the music...” (rating song 8/10)
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GPSYMTH

With lush soundscapes and haunting melodies, Gpsymth (pronounced gipsy moth) represents a radical departure for 21-year-old Peter Quinn. Already a veteran of the Connecticut hardcore scene, Quinn spent his high school years playing in metal bands. Even as Quinn’s musical interests broadened, he continued being drawn to the complex dissonance of hardcore, but it wasn’t long before he started experimenting and transforming it into something more tranquil and expansive."

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Soft Metals with Deluxe (feat. Jayson of Ghost of Chance), GPSYMTH

Wednesday, August 21 · 9:00 PM at BAR