Sofy Major "s/t" CDPosted on Monday, April 2nd, 2007 @ 8:04am » permalink
This self-titled EP (on Argghh!! Records) is the impressive proper debut from Sofy Major – yet another promising French act that delves into the noisier realms of metallic/post-hardcore with loads of caustic guitar textures and clashing chord phrasings, harsh vocal screams, and a solid rhythmic core that drives the bulk of the songwriting. The material's certainly not devoid of melody, however, as even some of the lightly distorted basslines carry a certain tinge of melody beneath the surface; while the presence of some softer passages that utilize glitchy electronics and fluid ambient undercurrents – as well as some socio-politically oriented samples – creates a darker sort of atmosphere that's very effective in the grand scheme of things. I'd certainly classify their sound as one that would fit in nicely amongst the rosters of excellent French labels like Basement Apes and Radar Swarm, that's for sure. The recording also has a dry, stripped down sort of feel to it that fits the tone of the music rather well; while the nice, simple artwork with entirely handwritten text rounds things out alongside the often cryptic lyrics:
I awoke from a total sleep blind by sorrow lost in panic. You turned me out nothing to hold me up your trouble came for me. I've never felt that yet, my disgust forms lips on my face. Rubbing my hands over my eyes to keep it far away. Sorry to have fallen where hours hushed up. Sorry to have fallen in a decline among many. Too sick to laugh and no place to flee.
In the end it's seven tracks in just over 31 minutes that create an artfully suggestive (while still abstract) document of Sofy Major's present sense of experimentalism. I'll definitely be curious to hear more from this band in the future…
I don't think there's any distribution in the US at the moment, so the CD EP is available direct from the band – as is the 12" edition on transparent red vinyl – so definitely make the grab if this is your thing: