The Answer Is In The Beat on Soft Shoulder’s ‘Formerly On Fluorescent Paper’ LP

Soft Shoulder’s actual new one is one of their most tightly wound efforts, zipping through over a dozen songs filled with cryptic, bullhorned lyrics and mangled guitar riffs. Some tracks like “200 Notes to Self” are kind of a glorious plod, and others are shambling dance-punk slammers that could fall apart at any moment but are disciplined enough not to. “Dense Critique” is more of an industrial piledriver with a scuzzed-out drum machine. A few tracks have some squeaky horn bleating through them, and the catchiest moments seem to be the ones that end in a flash before you’re able to let them sink in. It kind of hits a sweet spot between mild irritation and a compulsion to replay it several times and dig deeper.


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