12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One might expect a San Francisco band named Soft White Sixties to be a loose and colorful psych group, but the name alludes to a type of lightbulb, not the city’s musical history. Soft White Sixties are a luscious mix of rock ’n’ roll and soul, with hints of glam for good measure. Vocalist Octavio Genera has a fantastic midrange voice that makes for solid rock crooning, and the songwriting on this debut is startlingly strong. The opening track, “City Lights,” is like a Black Keys number with a layer or two of fuzz stripped away, while songs like “Rubber Band” and “Treat Me” have the cool R&B strut that landed Fitz & The Tantrums in the limelight. “Lemon Squeezer” pounds and fizzes with ringing piano notes served as a tasty side dish, and “Up to the Light” could be the love child of T. Rex and The Raconteurs. Jim Greer (Foster the People) handles production.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One might expect a San Francisco band named Soft White Sixties to be a loose and colorful psych group, but the name alludes to a type of lightbulb, not the city’s musical history. Soft White Sixties are a luscious mix of rock ’n’ roll and soul, with hints of glam for good measure. Vocalist Octavio Genera has a fantastic midrange voice that makes for solid rock crooning, and the songwriting on this debut is startlingly strong. The opening track, “City Lights,” is like a Black Keys number with a layer or two of fuzz stripped away, while songs like “Rubber Band” and “Treat Me” have the cool R&B strut that landed Fitz & The Tantrums in the limelight. “Lemon Squeezer” pounds and fizzes with ringing piano notes served as a tasty side dish, and “Up to the Light” could be the love child of T. Rex and The Raconteurs. Jim Greer (Foster the People) handles production.

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