Show me your artwork, and I’ll tell you which is your music genre. This might be the most indie-snobbish statement I’ve ever written, although being true.
Softly Dear’s ‘Portico’ artwork shows three guys in the background, on a sandy beach, their figures blurred, colours are soft and faded. There is also a not-clearly-recognised vintage texture, giving it that hipster-y touch. Softly dear hails in Eau Claire, Wi, and has just released its EP ‘Portico’. Proud representative of the DIY movement, they play edgy-pop with a rock-y twist, combining clear vocals, glossy drops and cheeky guitar lines. The EP somehow cherry-picks influences from twee pop (‘Melange’), math a là Adult, Elderly & The Children as well as crisp garage pop (‘Better Times’).