Impose is streaming Soft Swells’ highly anticipated sophomore album Floodlights the week before street date, Sept. 30. Tim Williams, the mastermind behind Soft Swells, tracked most of Floodlights with producer Dave Lynch (the other Dave Lynch) at ElectricZoo in Eastbourne, UK, with Soft Swells’ touring bass player and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pappas at his side, and a guest appearance by resident UK drummer Phil Wilkinson (Jake Bugg, Brian Eno). As if that wasn’t enough, Misty Boyce (Sara Bareilles), Jonathan Visger (Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) and Soft Swells’ touring guitarist Kyle Frederickson all contributed their talents via satellite. The album is available for pre-order now on CP & LP at the Modern Outsider Online Store and digitally via iTunes.
Soft Swells is not only their band name, it’s a surfing term used to describe tiny, easy to ride waves that beginners keep an eye out for to help build their skills. Much like moving on from soft swells to bigger waves, Tim has been moving towards his own type of bigger moment for years now. Tim started Soft Swells in an effort to reach new heights, and following the release of their debut full-length Soft Swells in 2012 and their follow-up EP Lifeboats in 2013, the music has gotten more sophisticated and the sound of the band has gotten bigger. Floodlights is the big moment Soft Swells has been seeking and they have grown in every way imaginable. Where once there was just Tim with the help of producer/keyboardist Dave Lynch and a lot of studio magic, there is now a fully formed band.
The band will kick off their tour tonight in Austin at Cheer Up Charlie’s and will make major stops along the way in New York, Nashville, Chicago, and Seattle before ending at Lofi in Seattle on October 16. The full list of Soft Swells tour dates can be found below. Purchase tickets at softswells.com.
Keep It To Yourself
Looking For Gold
Life Without Love
Hands And Eyes
Love Like You
Soft Swells Tour
26 – Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlie’s
27 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s
28 – New Orleans, LA – The Beatnik
30 – Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge
1 – Greensboro, NC – Green Bean
2 – Washington, DC – IOTA
3 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery
4 – New York, NY – Piano’s
5 – Boston, MA – O’Briens
7 – Columbus, OH – Tree Bar
8 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
9 – Chicago, IL – Township
10 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo
11 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
13 – Denver, CO – Forest Room 5
14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe
15 – Boise, ID – Flying M Room
16 – Seattle, WA – Lofi
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