Soft Power

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Undoubtedly jazz-tinged but also (more importantly) – vulnerable, genderless, dorky & kitsch, unshowy and meditative – Soft Power is a musical project by composer Matthew Roche that can easily recall the wistful longing of pop music as it can easily traverse jazz chord changes. Inspired by a quarter-life crisis following a meditation retreat in 2014, Roche brings together a three piece band to present ‘A Breath Is Like a Swinging Door’. Recorded at Pughouse Studios by Niko Schauble, his debut album features slow-moving jazz harmony with fluid rock orientated grooves and wordless melodies that recall a pop vernacular of childlike innocence.

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