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Portland’s Soft Metals preps EP for Captured Tracks, tours

By July 28, 2010No Comments

Soft Metals

MP3: “Love or Music”

Soft Metals from Portland, Oregon are releasing their debut recording, a 12″ vinyl EP on Brooklyn, NY label Captured Tracks on August 10th. Titled The Cold World Melts, the EP is a collection of the band’s first five songs. A record release party will be held in Portland on Sunday, August 29th at Holocene. The celebration will include live performances from Soft Metals, Arohan, and Joey Casio and a DJ set from The Miracles Club.

Soft Metals is the electronic romance of Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall played on vintage synthesizers and drum machines. Brought together in April of 2009 through a common love of late 70s and early 80s synthesizer music, they met up to write songs of their own. Inspiration came to them by way of experimental noise and avant garde, early industrial music, minimal synth, 1980s Chicago house synth pop and Italo disco. While making music together, they fell in love adding romance to their sound. Building songs from moody, experimental, and improvised sessions together, they never know what influence will have the upper hand. It’s simplest to say Soft Metals make dark, romantic, electronic dance music.

What the press has said about Soft Metals:

“The Cold World Melts” is anything but chilly– rather, the interlocking synth lines that make up the tune are so hot that they might just melt your face off.” -PITCHFORK

Soft Metals’ “The Cold World Melts” is a stealth fighter with a thousand lethal weapons bristling under its sleek carbon wings, buzzsaw Orlando bassline, and invincible italo riffage, swirling spiral of mind melting EMP synths and spectral diva propaganda. We surrender as its threatening dragon-like shadow spreads over our positions.” – 20 Jazz Funk Greats

“Dark and sexy retro-futuristic Italo-disco created on vintage analog synths and drum machines;”- Gorilla VS Bear

“I feel like I’ve just been hit by a ton of bricks, like I’ve just witnessed something filthy and unspeakable. Portland duo, Soft Metals and their debut single “The Cold World Melts” are a fierce and sickening Italo majesty tour de force.” -PRETTY MUCH AMAZING

“Soft Metals is a duo playing a great mix of early industrial beats, synth pop and heavy electro basslines.” – FAIRTILIZER BLOG


7/21 – Seattle, WA – Rebar
7/24 – Portland, OR – Worksound
8/13 – Portland, OR – Holocene
8/29 – Portland, OR – Holocene
9/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Knockout $
9/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Show Cave $
9/11 – Mexico City, MX – Yautepec Gallery $
9/23 – New York, NY – The Cake Shop
9/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Bruar Falls

$ = w/ Jewels of the Nile

Soft Metals
The Cold World Melts EP
(Captured Tracks)
Street date: Aug. 10, 2010

1. Love or Music
2. The Cold World Melts
3. Voices
4. Métaux Mous
5. Another Goodbye


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