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The Soft Underground - Anemoia

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"Anemoia," title track to The Soft Underground's album, is built upon a glorious electric guitar groove, which is part psychedelic Sixties rock & roll, and part psychedelic Sixties-inspired Eighties alternative rock. In other words, to borrow the Snapple advertising slogan, it's a song "made from the best stuff on Earth." The Soft Underground (a great band name, by the way) is a pair of music-obsessed 26-yearolds, Andrew McCarty and Charlie Hickey. Formed in 2010, this is already the duo's third full-length.

Although a couple guys, this act knows how to fill out a song in true rock band style. For instance, "The Bullet Train" features an extended electric guitar solo, which doesn't ever sound excessive. In contrast, "Petals," with its soft keyboard part, tamps the music down to a gentler, jazzier feel. In other words, The Soft Underground knows how to gear down when need-be. And is that real flute on "Voicoder," a moody, exotic little number? "Thank You" features a female lead vocal, which lends even another color to the project's overall expansive palette.

There's much to love about The Soft Underground's proclivity to endlessly explore wide-ranging sounds on Anemoia. It's inventive and original, yet also warm and inviting, which means these artists likely won't remain underground for long.

The Soft Underground - Anemoia
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