Various Artists — Soft Bodies Bleed Out
(Soft Bodies no#, 2017, DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-10-15
There is not a whole lot of information on the net about Soft Bodies Records. When you search for them, all that you can find is blogs with links to their releases, most of which you can download for free from Bandcamp. Since I have reviewed a number of releases by the UK electronic band Quimper and their music is on Soft Bodies, I am assuming that is why I received a copy of the latest Soft Bodies compilation Soft Bodies Bleed Out. This compilation contains two eerie unsettling Quimper tracks, the opening and closing tunes. In between are ten tracks by artists completely unknown to me: Opendoor, The Cleaners from Venus, Night Heron, Midwich Youth Club, Wizards Tell Lies, Jodie Lowther, Squadron Scramble, the odd and intriguely named Petunia-Liebling MacPumkin (featuring Norwood Green), Panamint Manse, and Carya Amara. The tracks are a mixture of instrumentals and songs running the gamut from electronica, psych-pop, melodic guitar rock, Krautrock, post punk industrial, to techno. I really cannot tell if the songs and instrumentals really support the album title, though Carya Amara’s “Object of Revulsion” certainly does with its clinical and disgusting description of decaying bodies I guess taken from a lecture or an instructional video. So there is a little bit of everything for everybody to sample, though, as with many compilations, you may not enjoy every track. Personally I prefer the edgier tracks like “The Roestenberg Statement” by Wizards Tell Lies that is a hybrid of post punk, industrial, collage, and melodic electronics; Petunia-Liebling MacPumkin's trippy “Monosaccharide Inducer;” and of course the Quimper tracks. So visit the Soft Bodies Bandcamp page to sample the music and judge for yourself.
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