Soft Serve is the debut full-length album by the Melbourne-based jangle pop rockers, Soft Covers. The album is a fun collection of straightforward garage pop musings painted by energetic drumming, rhythmic guitars, back-n-forth lead vocal duties, and sprinkled with sonic surprises. These include warm synthesizers, handclaps, backwards guitar loops, and ice cream truck organ notes.
The bright sunny instrumentation contrasts the mostly somber and dejected lyrical contents of the album. “The Real Housewives of Porpoise Spit” reads like a who’s who of horrible human beings while “Big Jack” is sung about someone who has fallen and may need medical attention. “BYO” has a fun sprightly guitar riff and tells the tale of getting together with some friends for a fun night out despite the passage of time and not being as young as before. We are introduced to a cast of characters who are unhappy, trying to make life better while going through the mundane repetitive motions of living and working.The album acts as a longtime, dependable friend who you can share your disappointments with and find solace in knowing you are not alone in your despair. Soft Serve is available on cassette and limited edition vinyl from Hidden Bay and Little Lunch Records, respectively.
Written by John Brouk
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