Soft Metals released their debut LP on Captured Tracks earlier this year, a collection of sparkling cold synthpop that showed plenty of promise. Now they’ve taken the album’s first track (which is, coincidentally, our favorite) and given it the underwater video treatment. The washed-out, icy vibe matches the mood perfectly; submerge yourself in this.
Say the words ‘4AD rarity’ to us and we melt. The genre-defining label also defined our teenage years (in the ’90s…we’re not THAT old!) and introduced us to a world of sounds we’d never imagined, from the ethereal-doom rituals of Dead Can Dance to the spiky punk trashiness of The Birthday Party. Now, two of their lesser-knowns are getting the re-issue treatment – on vinyl, no less, and for the first time in 30 years. Desire Records, purveyors of more modern darkness like //TENSE// and Soft Metals, are re-issuing In Camera‘s IV+II and Mass‘ Labour Of Love, both from 1980. Limited to 500 editions each, these are wonderful slices of post-punk history. Pre-order them here.
Mass – Cross Purposes
In Camera – Die Laughing