The Soft Cavalry are a brand new duo featuring Steve Clarke and his wife who just happens to be the rather talented Rachel Goswell from Slowdive. Their self-titled debut is filled with dreamy and dramatic songs that takes its cues from Pink Floyd, Talk Talk and Mansun. Double LP and CD on Bella Union.

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The Soft Cavalry by The Soft Cavalry
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7/10 Will 05 July 2019

The Soft Cavalry's debut album is a family affair and it shows. Pleasingly cohesive yet varied, it takes in light electronica, dream pop, and shoegaze, as well as nods to baroque music and space rock. Masterminded by Steve Clarke, with contributions from Rachel Goswell (his wife) and Michael Clarke (his brother) on production duties, 'The Soft Cavalry' was more that I was expecting it to be. 

I think the best comparison I can make is between the Soft Cavalry and indie darlings Doves. Both bands craft well-structured songs within a pop framework, that are bolstered by studio experimentation and interesting textures. Both also have a propensity to stick in a nice 7th chord where you least expect it. 

For those expecting Slowdive, there are certainly hints of shoegazey ethereality but, for the most part, the record is more immediate. 'Bulletproof' is centered around a fat kick that wouldn't sound out of place in a DnB track (seriously) and there are a few drum machines ticking about. I also love the introduction of autotune on a few of the songs. In fact, I think everything works best when it's more in-yer-face and that washy, dreamy sound is kept at a minimum. 

'The Soft Cavalry' is an interesting album and, while I did think the fat could be trimmed a little, whatever the Soft Cavalry do next should be even better. 



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