Soften Forever

by Soften

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Bill Stick 90's dream pop and shoegaze in a blender with just a sprinkle of 80's FM radio soft rock, and you'll hopefully get something as amazing as this. My favorite Cincinnati release of the past several years. Favorite track: Forever, Completely.
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Matthew Flores Beautiful track, great EP. I discovered you guys through Spotify, a friend was listening to your EP. Fell in love with it instantly. Sun Comes Out has been transgressive in getting me through these past difficult months for me with what the world is experiencing at the moment.Cheers and thank you. Also, great album cover, Favorite track: Sun Comes Out.
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Radio Artifact AMAZING on every level. Incredible production, songwriting, execution, and musicianship.
I'm only a little upset there are only 5 tracks, but this in on my Best of 2019 list for sure! Favorite track: Cold Call.
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nifty When the dat, dat, dat, part hits... Damn! Favorite track: Undo.
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Undo 04:37
loosely like a halo If you say so I’ll follow where you lead it’s time to let go of the echo (of) a bell once struck in me loosely round your shoulders I am older but I still feel the same it’s time to release this all these pieces (of) a thing I can’t contain I wish I knew now what I knew back then and I wish I knew then what I know now the wind through the pines oh, she used to sing through me! but lately she sighs tells me to slow down when does it begin? (I climbed up that holy hill) the death of innocence, (and this is what I found,) and where does it start (I pressed my feet on) the birth of wisdom? (holy, holy, ground!) said I wish I knew now what I knew back then and I wish I knew then what I know now
Cold Call 03:52
you are the queen of the island but you dumped all your friends in the sea and now you can rule over nothing well that sounds awfully boring to me! go on and burn all your bridges burn your sage while we swim somewhere new Hark! The Great Mystic has Spoken! but now there’s no one left to listen to you ... well that was a cold call we’re gonna have a fun party no one wants you out there struggling all alone we’d be so glad if you joined us but you have to descend from your throne! well that was a close call
when the sun comes out when I stand on solid ground make some meaning in the clouds well it starts slipping like a rock out from under my feet crashing like a landslide into the sea and if to be pure in heart is to desire just one thing, well it’s to wisdom that I cling but I was searching for the kind that wouldn’t sting a hand upon my shoulder affirmingly but now it’s slipping down my back through cotton seams clawing at my ribcage for something choking any joy that’s left in me pressing to the bottom of the sea and like a dog that sighs curled in the folds of her own hide I thought I’d make a home inside but now she’s begging for a scrap on the kitchen floor licking off the dirt of an open sore pawing at the frame of a wooden door Oh, let’s go take a walk by the river shore splash a heavy rock into the rushing stream for mercy is a river indifferent to me when the sun comes out...
Iridescent 04:07
I can’t, I can’t keep you for myself heard the ocean’s roar inside a shell surely, you have loved like this before arms outstretched across the ocean shore so here we are... and how blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see the waters part we steal away just like a couple giddy kids on a breezy summer day but I can’t, I can’t keep you for myself no I can’t, I can’t keep you at all I turn to you across the faces on the mount of beatitudes you lift your eyes illuminated by the sea and the iridescent sky as if to reply, “I feel like a child I am floating in time, I am found in your eyes”
if it weren’t for you, I would have buried my truth inside and let it lay sleeping but then you came and warmed the dark inside my heart as if you’ve always known me completely you said “let’s go for a walk, I will listen even if you won’t talk And I know the strength of your heart, but I’ll hold the pieces when you’re falling apart” and if it weren’t for you, I’d still be searching for myself in every passing elation but then you came and looked me in the eyes unafraid of what you’d find behind the curtain and when I’m drowning in noise, you calm the waters with the sound of your voice you always pick up the phone to remind me that I’m never alone you’ve always asked me to stay when I’m ready just to throw this away and you know my darkness is strong, but the light will always overcome I will always love you I have always loved you I can’t stop loving you deeply and even if I can’t be with you I will always love you, forever completely


released June 14, 2019

Soften is Brianna Kelly, Jon Delvaux,
Andrew Aragon, and Corey Waddell
All songs written by Brianna Kelly and Soften
Live-tracked in February 2019 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,
Sayler Park, Cincinnati, OH
Mixed and overdubbed March-April 2019 in Northside, Cincinnati, OH

Produced by Brianna Kelly and Jon Delvaux
Mixed and Mastered by Jon Delvaux
Engineered by Jon Delvaux and Justin Golden

Cover photo: Natalie Jenkins |
Insert: Julia Warner and Eric Blyth |
Cover Design: Brianna Kelly |


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Soften Cincinnati, Ohio

four-piece tender nuggets from cincinnati, oh

brianna kelly | jon delvaux | andrew aragon | corey waddell

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