Soft Shoulder: Copy Machine Fall Down 7″ (Gilgongo, 2021)
Soft Shoulder: Copy Machine Fall Down 7″The latest 7″ by Soft Shoulder showcases two very different sides of the noise-punk collective. “Touchless Display” is their version of a left-field pop single, with a hobbling dancehall-ish beat and junkshop post-punk bass, and tons of delay scattering the snarled, distorted vocals. It’s all over before you’ve had a chance to figure out what you’ve just heard, and what just took over your body. The flip, “Treat for Samson”, is by an almost entirely different lineup, other than leader James Fella, and it’s a 6-minute free improv skronkfest, with glitchy electronics, squealing sax, and scratchy guitars. The band sounds like they’re trying to stomp out insects rather than play their instruments, and a lonesome voice occasionally sing-songs in the corner, possibly unaware of what’s going on at the front of the room.