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    Soft Healer – “One-sider” – [Monofonus Press]

    One side of beauty and I ain’t talking about the fancy
    etching on the other side. Jammy slinky backing with
    a bass line winding through flecked and funky guitar and
    some smolder-sax on the first cut, the second is a bit
    bouncier with merry-go-round keyboards, before a backwards
    bow-out. Soft Healer is an Austin band, Marie Butcher
    on likeable laconic vocals, kinda Patti Smith when I
    squint, but in a summer top-of-the-pops shine, and
    she slinks the bass. Will Slack on guitar, flecking
    away and those kinda phlangey waves of chords (was
    he the inspiration for Linklater’s “Slacker” – um
    no but I could see/hear these songs grooving out of
    a club from that old movie-virus). Turns out the sax
    and organ come from one being, thanks Sara Berger.
    Nicl Decarmine beat a drum machine to death for the
    fourth slot in the band. “Grand Isle” is the sprawling
    lite lysergic number with “Civilization’s Dying” as the
    tart chart-topper, an apocalypse shake-your-hips take
    blaming the pope, the president and a rich rock star
    for the fall on man. It’s a milennial flavored groovy
    found on this two-track one-sider. Pop jams for a Mystery
    Machine 8-track, rotsa runky rock too in a Scooby snack
    head bobbing way. Ol’ man Crothers digs this, so do I.
    Plenty o’ fun in the mighty Monofuns label. 2011 release
    but found dazed and reused for KFJC’s current pleasure.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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