Monday, February 22, 2010

EP review: Soft Speaker - 'Stranger in the Alps'

Soft Speaker is a Chicago-based four-piece that formed in 2008, debuting with an EP titled Conditions and following it up this month with the five-track Stranger in the Alps. It's tough to classify the band's sound - even after a few listens, everything from alt rock to psychedelic to folk to college rock seems at times appropriate - but what's apparent is that this unit have something special. Tracks such as "Tennyson Tea" and "Weathervane" strike the perfect balance between cryptic and accessible, while the moody psychedelia of "Into the Fog" and "Marble Mask" further set the atmosphere. Add to that the fact that the material on Stranger in the Alps is extremely well-produced and you have a definite keeper.

You can sample the EP here. Soft Speaker will celebrate the release of the EP with a show at Darkroom on Friday, February 26 (doors open at 9 p.m., $8 advance, $10 at door, 21 and over). Yukon Blonde and Moxie Motive will open. Click here for more information and tickets.

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