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Soft Power at Uptown Jazz Cafe


Soft Power was formed in mid 2016 by guitarist and composer Matthew Roche who began writing songs to pay homage to the jazz traditions of yesteryear whilst exploring themes of personal vulnerability and self-growth inspired by a 7 day silent meditation retreat. After a sold out album launch earlier last year with A Breath Is Like a Swinging Door and joined by new band mates Oscar Neyland and Chris Cameron from the Rookies, The Willie Wagtails, Acolyte respectively – the Melbourne based trio return to launch a new single Getting Out of the Way of Yourself. Taken from their upcoming second album Easy Listening, the new single marks a radical shift in direction for Soft Power as they dig deep into psychedelic and progressive instrumental pop jams.

Soft Power are fast becoming known for leaving behind a musical footprint that is undoubtedly jazz-tinged but also (more importantly) – vulnerable, genderless, a bit dorky, unshowy and meditative. Their new single is no exception as they cut a broad path through a slow moving harmonic landscape that at times verges on psych-rock, pop, and as far as cinematic ambient music. With their new album set for a mid 2018 release, Soft Power are positioning themselves as a group that is capable of refining technical finesse into intimate and emotionally charged musical statements.



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