If you’re seeking “an intense and intimate mental catharsis”: then Norwegian-born, Berlin-based duo Soft as Snow are the band to invest your listening time in. The pair release their debut album Deep Wave on April 6th, via Houndstooth records, and they’ve shared a video for gently named single ‘Pink Rushes’, which is taken from the record.
Together, Oda Egjar Starheim and Øystein Monsen create “oblique left-field pop” that recalls Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, deep Detroit techno, 90s IDM and Fever Ray. They prefer to avoid laptops when creating music; opting for analogue machinery, samplers, live drums and processed guitars. ‘Pink Rushes’ is a knockout example of this. Pulverizing bass and intense rhythmic throbs sit brutally beneath Oda’s “vocal witchcraft”.
Speaking of their recording process, Oda said:
“We kept a lot of the initial takes from the jams. There’s something with that first immediate and spontaneous energy that’s really essential and hard to recreate later on. It’s more important for us that the vocals have the right energy and feeling for the song, than being recorded properly and having to refine the lyrics”
We love Soft As Snow’s defiant, creative, angular style. Listen to ‘Pink Rushes’ below, and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.
Deep Wave is released on 6th April via Houndstooth Records.