California’s Soft Science resonates dreamy positivity on new ‘Maps’ album
Hailing from the Sacramento Valley, Soft Science fuses melody, sound and texture of 60s pop and 90s shoegaze like molecular gastronomists blend physics and chemistry to transform food. Together this 5-piece band have managed to create their own sweet blend of modern pop music with a sonic edge.
The band’s members are influenced by such bands ranging from the Zombies and Beach Boys to Lush, Teenage Fanclub, Ride, Pale Saints, New Order, and Jesus and Mary Chain, along with newer artists such as Beach House and Frankie Rose.
In 2011, Soft Science debuted with their ‘High and Lows’ LP, with Pop Matters noting the band’s “potential to become one of the great Left Coast power pop bands.” In 2013, the band released the ‘Detour’ LP, which received notable critical reviews and was ranked #2 among Jack Rabid’s Top 40 in issue 74 of The Big Takeover Magazine.
The ‘Maps’ album will appear on online stores and streaming platforms on June 1, but is already available for pre-order via the label’s own Bandcamp, where the band’s previous two singles are already available.
All songs written by Soft Science: Ross Levine, Katie Haley, Matt Levine, Tony Cale, and Mason DeMusey
Recorded at Prairie Sun in Cotati, California
Engineed by Matt Wright
Additional engineering and mixing by Tony Cale
Produced by Ross Levine and Tony Cale
Electronic sounds, ambience and textures by Hans Munz (Angelzero, IIIformants) analog synth / electronic overdubs
Mastered by Eric Stenman at Black Bear 11 – Malibu, CA
All photos by Chantel Elder
‘Maps’ LP https://testpatternrecords.
‘I Don’t Know Why I Love You’ https://youtu.be/FFXFxPAkBHM