LISTEN: GIHE on Soho Radio with DEWEY 18.11.22

Tash was back on Soho Radio’s airwaves playing loads of new music from an eclectic mix of female, non-binary and LGBTQIA+ artists, with tracks picked by fellow GIHE pals Kate and Mari too.

Co-host India Latham also joined Tash live in the studio to discuss the recent gigs of Okay Kaya, Julia Jacklin, Tempers, Curses and Double Helix. India also revealed that the first album she bought was by Ronan Keating, and that she used to co-host Brighton Hospital’s radio show back in the day – life truly is a rollercoaster, just gotta ride it.

Tash spoke to new music artist DEWEY about the inspiration behind their recent release ‘Another Woman’, accepting and processing emotional and physical pain, as well as conversations about the power of electricity, pylons and connection within their music. Music highlights include Priya Ragu, Big Joanie, Etella, LibraLibra, Dayydream, Human Interest, STAINWASHER, Jadu Heart, HOLDA SEK and more.

Listen back below:

 

Make sure you tune into Soho Radio on Wednesday 14th of December for the final Get In Her Ears show of 2022!

Tracklist
Big Joanie – Sainted
Andrew Bird & Phoebe Bridgers – I Felt A Funeral In My Brain
Okay Kaya – Dance Like U
Julia Jacklin – Body
Jadu Heart – I Shimmer
Ideal Host – The Conflict
Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn – Crimson
STAINWASHER – I Hate Backpackers
Tempers – Unfamiliar
Miss Grit – Follow The Cyborg
Priya Ragu – Santhosam
Babyfather, Tirzah – 1471
Moonchild Sanelly – Demon
HOLDA SEK – At Twenty
DOUBLE HELIX – Rat Rave
The Pearl Harts – More
DEWEY – Another Woman
**Interview with DEWEY**
Export Import – On Scene
Midwife – I Don’t Want To Love
Etella – Nomad
Dayydream – Wasn’t
Human Interest – Mixing Paint
Queen Colobus – 5/9
LibraLibra – Frenemies
Panic Shack – Meal Deal
Sweet Harmony – Liquid

EP: Softcult – ‘Year Of The Rat’

A culmination of their thoughts on and experiences of sexism, misogyny and objectification, twin sisters Phoenix and Mercedes Arn Horn aka Softcult have crafted a bittersweet collection of lush, grunge-infused songs on their debut EP, Year Of The Rat. Pushing through pain and reflecting on their hard earned emotional resilience, the Canadian duo have written an ultra-cool manifesto of resistance designed to help relieve the pressures that come with existing in a patriarchal world.

Informed by their love of 90s guitar bands like Bikini Kill and My Bloody Valentine, as well as the bubble-gum grunge of Beabadoobee and Soccer Mommy, Softcult blend atmospheric guitars, energetic percussion and hazy vocals to create their softly antagonistic sounds. Working from their home studio for most of 2020, Phoenix and Mercedes were able to take stock of what they really wanted to achieve under their new moniker and Year Of The Rat is a mature offering that highlights the duo’s instincts for creating heady soundscapes that soothe the sting of a painful past.

“It might seem like we’re just super angry but it comes from a place of wanting to make positive change, which always starts with a conversation,” explains guitarist & vocalist Mercedes. This anger and empathy manifests itself in different ways throughout the EP, which kicks off with the melodic ‘Another Bish’. The duo find catharsis amidst their swirling riffs and frantic beats, arriving at the humbling realisation that even though you can’t always change someone else’s perception of you, you can refuse to be “tamed” by their reductive views.

The melancholic ‘Gloomy Girl’ provides listeners with a glimpse behind the veil of depression. It’s a tentative musing on the ominous feeling that you’re “wasting away” whilst going through a period of poor mental health. ‘Take It Off’ aches with a subdued anger that’s directed at catcallers, but it also doubles up as a care-free dismissal of ridiculous trophy wife standards. The pair continue to shrug off the emotional labour that’s routinely pushed onto women’s shoulder on the shimmering, restless ‘Young Forever’, before closing the EP with the cutting, yet tender sounds of ‘Bird Song’.

Fuelled by their desire to instigate change in their own circles and further afield, the Softcult blend observational lyrics, smooth vocals and atmospheric riffs together on Year Of The Rat to punctuate their personal statement against injustice and provide listeners with a brooding, polished, unexpectedly light listen.

 

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut