Brooklyn trio SoftSpot are set to release the follow up to their 2012 ‘Enso‘ album. Their forthcoming record ‘MASS’ will be released on April 8.
Today the band shares the slow-building ballad “Black Room Blues.” The accompanying video was directed by band frontwoman Sarah Kinlaw, and follows a group of older woman as they embark on a night of drinking and debauchery. Shot in the band’s home state of North Carolina, the video features Kinlaw’s mother and aunts as the leading ladies, while the bar band is played by guitarist Bryan Keller Jr’s family. Watch the video over at SPIN, and stream the track on SoundCloud.
SoftSpot will play two shows in New York next month before embarking on a full US tour in May. Full tour dates listed below, more TBA.
4/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
5/02 Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows festival
5/04 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
5/07 Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
5/09 St. Louis, MO @ FOAM
5/12 Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse
5/16 Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos
5/19 Athens, GA @ Caledonia
5/20 Atlanta, GA @ 529
5/21 Charleston, SC @ Swamp House
5/22 Savannah, GA @ Hangfire
5/27 Raleigh, NC @ Kings
5/28 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
SoftSpot is a trio of southern transplants based out of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Core members Sarah Kinlaw and Bryan Keller Jr formed the project in 2009 but the two have known each other since they met in North Carolina at the age of five. Native ATLien Blaze Bateh (BAMBARA) joined as a permanent member in early 2012. Being active creatives outside of the project, the band serves as a collaborative sonic extension of the artistic lives of each member.
2012 saw the self-release of their first proper 12″, Ensō. The effort is an intimate representation of a year of recording at their home. Containing two songs from the 2011 cassette only self-released ep NOUS, Ensō (the Japanese word for circle) can be played as a complete loop with the end meeting right back with the beginning.
MASS was recorded in a makeshift studio isolated in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina by friend and longtime partner Colin Alexander. With some additional work done back in Brooklyn, the record delves in the dichotomy of modern life in the city and the members’ southern roots. Artist Jonathan Campolo has done the art for both records, and is now performing live with the band. Sarah Kinlaw directed a shoot in which Jonathan shot the cover of MASS on Polaroid film. The image is of NYC based contortionist/yoga dancer “Amazing Amy” Harlib who still performs at the age of 59.
With a visceral live performance, SoftSpot has done extensive touring throughout the East Coast, parts of the Midwest and Canada throughout the past three and a half years.
[Self-released] Street Date: April 8, 2014
1. King Porus
2. You \ Yours
3. Black Room Blues
5. Pickup Lines
8. The New York Times