Soft Hill's Sharply Written Songs Will Haunt You
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM
(Barboza) One of the city's most accomplished psych-pop bands, Soft Hills compose exceptional melodies and conjure dreamy mirages of mellow-gold sound that will resonate strongly with anyone who digs Zombies member Colin Blunstone's solo works, Beachwood Sparks, or David Crosby's classic 1971 LP If I Could Only Remember My Name. Their new album on German label Tapete, Chromatisms, glistens with mature, sharply written songs sung with earnest mellifluousness by Garrett Hobba; they will grow on and haunt you, especially in your vulnerable moments. Fen Wik Ren are a new trio led by ex–Pica Beats's Ryan Barrett. Bassist Andre Zapata and drummer Alexandra Geffel join Barrett to create solid, if familiar-sounding, indie rock to which you can meaningfully push up your black-framed glasses.