O duo estadunidense Soft Metals que grava pela cultuada gravadora Captured Tracks, tem dois álbuns bem bem bons no currículo, o homônimo de 2011 e Lenses de 2013, ambos caminhando pela synth wave da virada dos 70´s para os 80´s, bebendo muito em fontes como Chris & Cosey e se alimentando de linhas hipnóticos sintéticas, vocais gélidos e sensuais, faz a trilha sonora para pistas escuras e alternativas mundo afora.
A pomposidade e elegância do Soft Metals credencia a banda como uma das melhores e mais importantes bandas da nova safra da synth wave da atualidade
O duo Patricia e Ian esta trabalhando em um novo álbum a vir ao mundo brevemente e ao que parece o Soft Metals vem com doses cavalares de seu synth análogo sensual.
Aguardemos então e por hora Ian e Patricia contam um pouco da história do Soft Metals,
***** Interview with Soft Metals *****
Q. When did Soft Metals start tell us about the history...
Patricia: Soft Metals started in 2009 shortly after Ian moved to Portland from San Francisco. We were already acquainted with one another as DJs and through our appreciation of artists like Chris & Cosey, Liasons Dangereuses, Frankie Knuckles, Jamie Principle, Drexciya, among many others. Ian has a very nice collection of vintage analog synths and invited me over to work on some music with him. We weren't expecting to start a project, but we had so much fun and loved what we were creating together so we decided to continue this way and see where it led.
Q: Who are your influences?
Patricia: Early on I would say Chris & Cosey, Liasons Dangereuses, Section 25, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Jamie Principle, Frankie Knuckles, Broadcast, The Smiths, Cabaret Voltaire, Astrud Gilberto.
Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Patricia: For Ian and I these albums will always be very special:
Manuel Gottsching- E2-E4
Jon Hassell and Brian Eno- 4th World Vol 1- Possible Musics
Chris & Cosey- Heartbeat
Liasons Dangereuses s/t
Jeff & Jane Hudson- Flesh
Q. How do you feel playing live?
Patricia: It's a very exciting, but challenging affair. I especially love to play in other cities and countries. The biggest challenge is getting the sound dialed in on the stage so we can properly hear one another to perform a good set. We are at the mercy of the sound equipment and sound engineer at the club. Sometimes it's great, sometimes it's not ideal, but there's always something to learn from it. Meeting people at shows is my favorite part.
Q. How do you describe Soft Metals´ sounds?
Patricia: Watery, dreamy, warm, hypnotic.
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Patricia: Ian and I jam together on the synths and drum machines and record those sessions. We take the best elements of the jam and try to structure it a little bit closer to a pop arrangement. Sometime during that process, I write lryics and record vocals.
Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Patricia: Xeno & Oaklander, Martial Canterel, Automelodi, Further Reductions, INHALT, Vice Device, Cosmetics, Black Marble, ADULT., Factory Floor, Silent Servant, Alessandro Cortini, Sixth June, Sally Dige .
Ian: RedRedRed, Vessel, Jesse Ruins, Wrangler, Pye Corner Audio, Vaniish, .
Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Patrcia: We have covered Throbbing Gristle, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Absolute Body Control, and most recently The Smiths.
Q: What are your plans for future....
Patricia: We're working on a new album for Captured Tracks. We look forward to touring again after that comes out.
Q: Any parting words?
Patricia: We hope to play in Brazil one day!