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The sound of Seattle's Soft Hills has been steadily evolving into something deeper and more powerful with each release. Producer Matt Brown enables the band to reach greater resolution. The earnest pop melody underscoring "Chosen One" becomes an epic battle in just three and a half minutes, with torrents of feedback lending support to singer Garrett Hobba's Anglophile-inspired vocals. A great psychedelia is evoked in the appropriately titled "Tidal Waves," while "Purple Moon" sways with the gentle, haunted feel of the best of the '80s Paisley Underground scene, where bands like Rain Parade and The Three O'Clock found ways to reinvent the mystique of The Byrds and The Velvet Underground into their own image. Comparisons to Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and Downpilot are in the ballpark but only tell a part of the Soft Hills story. The easeful guitar chimes of "Return to Eden" and the sound of the wind whipping outside come close to approximating the reverb-heavy recordings of early Red House Painters while further establishing Hobba's excellent songwriting abilities.

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This band reminds me of Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Phoenix, and other great indie folk-rock bands. If you like the genre, then you're sure to like the album. So buy it! From what I've heard, this band is great in concer too. :)


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Seattle, Washington-based indie Americana band the Soft Hills began in late 2007 with drummer Caleb Heinrich working out songwriter/guitarist Garret Hobba's understated tunes with him. The two were joined by bassist/guitarist Drew Dresman in December of that year and began playing live locally. Multi-instrumentalists Brittan Drake and Brett Massa joined the group in 2008, filling out Hobba's melancholic indie songs with additional keyboard flourishes and guitar work. In this time, the band recorded...
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