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Soft Machine Set to Release New Music

It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own.

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-07-09

Soft Machine - Hidden Details cover artDrummer John Marshall was a part of Soft Machine starting in 1971, debuting on the Fifth album and has been in every incarnation of the band to use the name since then. Roy Babbington took over from Hugh Hopper on bass in 1973 with Seven, remaining with the group until 1976, by which time John Etheridge had joined on guitar. Etheridge appeared on Softs, which many consider the last "real" Soft Machine studio album, and Alive & Well - Recorded in Paris. Certainly these three have a right to call themselves Soft Machine. They are joined by relative newcomer Theo Travis, who took over in Soft Machine Legacy from the late Elton Dean.

From the press release:

Hidden Details is a new studio album of Soft Machine, recorded at the late great Jon Hiseman's Temple Studio in Surrey, England, last December 2017, and it will be released in September 2018 on MoonJune Records (North America; on CD and HD Download), on John Etheridge's Dyan Records (UK/Europe on CD, and iTunes), and on Vivid Records (Japan), exactly 50 years since the release of the band's 1968 debut album The Soft Machine. Limited and highly collectible vinyl edition of only 200 coloured vinyl (orange, blue and tour edition orange & blue marbled) will be released on the Dutch label Tonefloat, on September 8, 2018.

The band is already on tour, beginning with the Montreal Jazz Festival on 7 July, and will continue with live dates in Japan, Europe, and North America into 2019.


Filed under: New releases, Concerts

Related artist(s): Soft Machine, Soft Machine Legacy / Soft Works, Theo Travis, John Etheridge

More info
http://softmachine-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/hidden-details-hd

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