It’s difficult to pinpoint where exactly The Soft are going. A group now based in South London, they began by making pensive songs comprised mostly of electronics, but also relying on guitars. They’d range from gentle giants to great looming beasts. Eventually they found a temporary home on Ceremony and recorded the Uncanny Valley EP, a vastly underrated collection of songs that employed distant vocals to boost already colossal beings, shape-forming tracks that exist to guide the way. Some numbers recalled a more scatterbrained Gold Panda, while others linked up with the cacophony of Walls.
New single “Icaria” is another curveball altogether. Percussive to the extreme and more streamlined than anything they’ve done before, it’s also a darker, more thudding piece. It could have been made by a band completely unrelated to The Soft of last year. But that’s the thing: These guys are very young, learning their craft and discovering the endless, exciting swathes of electronic music just like any casual listener might. First they found the fringes, now they’re stampeding through the thick of it. It won’t be long before they forge formidable territory of their own.