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Holiday In Rhode Island

The Softies

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On Holiday in Rhode Island, the Softies continue their simple and sweet variety of heart-on-their-sleeve indie pop. On "Sleep Away Your Troubles," the melody between Rose Melberg and Jen Sbragia showcases the duo's simple and refreshing instrumentation and musical approach. The songs remain introspective and focused on the frailties of human relationships. The band never bought into the standard indie pop sound, instead focusing on a storytelling approach, rarely singing much above a hushed whisper. Even somber songs like "These Sad Times" and "The Beginning of the End" retain dashes of optimism intertwined with the overall melancholy mood of the songs. The duo's wistful songs like "Me and the Bees" and the title track create a poignant and mellow environment that few bands are able to match. Melberg's soft and tender vocals lead the way on all of the tracks. With this disc, Melberg solidified herself as one of the most disarming vocalists in the indie scene.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Borrowing their name from a British new wave group, the Softies were formed in 1994 by singer/guitarist Rose Melberg following the dissolution of her previous band, Tiger Trap. Upon relocating from Sacramento, CA, to Portland, OR, Melberg first established the trio Go Sailor, still a going concern when she teamed with Pretty Face alum (and publisher of the fanzine Sparkly Kitty Sticker) Jen Sbragia to found the Softies. The indie pop duo debuted in early 1995 with "Loveseat," a single issued on the...
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