Sharp and sensible, new Los Angeles based band Soft Swells nails the canny pop sensibility of today’s indie landscape on their self-titled debut ‘Soft Swells’ LP making full use of an arsenal of sounds, including stuttering and snapping drums, handclaps, a ringing xylophone, and subtle electronics. Soft Swells is the new, full-band effort of longtime indie songwriter and gifted storyteller Tim Williams.
Soft Swells was named for and inspired by Williams' beachy surroundings in California where he relocated after leaving NYC in 2009. Williams had released three very well-received albums under his name for Dovecote Records.
With the release of the ‘Soft Swells’ debut LP out in the world via Austin, TX based Modern Outsider Records, Williams is excited to showcase new songs that were recorded under tight constraints. "I would say ‘control’ is the main theme for this record. Really, what you can and can't - and how that affects your life.” Soft Swells’ self-titled debut was recorded in the tiny town of Lewes, England, by longtime friend and producer Dave Lynch (Ed Harcourt, Clearlake, Liam Finn) at Bat Box Studios. “I spent a little over a week recording 13 songs as quick as I could before my return flight home. I think it nearly drove Dave mad during this process as we could have really used a solid month for a record this size. Dave had also just had his first baby boy - Monty Moog - and probably only had 5 hours of sleep the entire week. He is a true saint,” says Williams.
The release of the LP in February of 2012 brought much acclaim from the likes of TIME Magazine, USA Today, MTV.com, PopMatters, URB, BuzzbandsLA, Consequence Of Sound and many more. Singles "Every Little Thing" and "Put It On The Line" enjoy airplay on radio across the country, including key stations KROQ, KROX, Live 105, KYSR, WXRT and KCRW. The song "Lifeboats" is currently being featured in a nation-wide Best Buy television ad campaign.
TIME Magazine includes Soft Swells in list of “Five Buzz-Worthy Bands to Check Out” - TIME Magazine
“Upbeat and very full-sounding tunes. While one minute the guys sound like a catchy pop outfit, the next you’ll hear them
incorporating electronic sounds. Album Of The Week. - USA Today
“Soft Swells channel the Technicolor guitar-pop of Summerteeth-era Wilco, balancing high-flying synthesizer parts against
guitars straight from the garage.” MTV Buzzworthy Artist - MTV.com
“West coast meets east coast to create a fuzzy dreamscape” - PopMatters
“After their album launched this February, Soft Swells has maintained their space on my post review deck – similar to
what happened with M83 and Foster The People the year prior. URB Band To Watch. - URB
“Highly recommended.” BuzzbandsLA Bands To Watch 2012 - BuzzbandsLA
“A tight breed of rock-pop that is easy on the ears. Be forward thinking and start making your summer playlist now – and
put Soft Swells at the very top.” 4.5/5 - Consequence Of Sound
“An endearing blend of fuzz and pop.” - SXSW.com
“You have to admit, there’s something to be said for a well-written piece of modern pop music, and that’s precisely what
you have here.” - Austin Town Hall
“The blend of surfpop, rock a la Arcade Fire light and the presence of electronic vibes is a delightful mix.” - Listomania
Best of 2012
“Contemporary indie pop in the vein of bands like Phoenix and Neon Indian.” - SFStation
Modern Outsider Discography
CD - MODOUT006
"Every Little Thing" / "Lifeboats"
Vinyl includes download card for both songs + "Every Little Thing" video + digital bonus track "Punch"
7" Vinyl Single - MODOUT001
"Every Little Thing"