Soft Powers
Bad Pop


3.0
good

Review

by Nu Metal USER (28 Reviews)
October 17th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dylan Anderson makes a leap to a genre entirely alien to his former Of Machines.


Many bands and artists make drastic jumps between genres. For example, this year, Oceana jumped from a Post-Hardcore sound to an Indie sound. As Cities Burn doing the same thing prior. Now, Dylan Anderson from Of Machines and Their Eyes Look North fame has teamed up with Bo Fletcher and has assembled a Dream Pop duo named Soft Powers.

To start off, you are most likely reading this because you found out Dylan Anderson has a new music project. You probably remember his powerful voice from Their Eyes Look north and/or Of Machines, be prepared to throw everything you knew about Dylan out the window. He has transformed his musicianship entirely this time around. First off his vocals are nothing like what you’d hear in the mentioned bands. He sounds more of a Kevin Shields from My Bloody Valentine fame.

Now, lets talk about the music. It is primarily in the Shoegazing/Dream Pop genre of Alternative. Soft Powers adds in other elements from funk and psychedelic to create an inviting and interesting atmosphere that Dylans new vocal style flows with quite nicely, if you have an ear for this genre, you might enjoy it but as stated before fans of Of Machines may have trouble getting into it or disregard it entirely which is understandable on my behalf.

However, I feel that the potential greatness of this band falls flat in some areas. I have felt the songs are very abrupt and poorly produced, what could be a great song is halted by bad production essentially. Furthermore this album is quite honestly nothing new. Just like the Post-Hardcore that Dylan used to master, this genre is incredibly hard to find a band that displays originality. With more trial and error, its certain that this Duo will find their place in this genre.

This album shows potential, but not enough of it to be very memorable, with a couple of listens you may become tiresome of it, but Soft Powers definitely have the Avidity to prosper in this genre.



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Foxhound
October 17th 2010


4570 Comments


Could have done with a few more descriptions about the music. But it's your review and it was a nice read and love the cover, pos.

East Hastings
October 17th 2010


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album.

fr33convict
October 17th 2010


11698 Comments


What's up with all the neg's? Have a pos.


EDIT: WOAH THEY'RE GONE THERE'S MAGIC UP IN TIS BITCH

Foxhound
October 17th 2010


4570 Comments


They should just ban negs all together. IMO everyone here writes in a uniquely awesome fashion.

PinkBlackberry
October 18th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I sincerely think this is such a waste of talent. Of machines..given a bit more time to be a band would have been fucking unstoppable.

great review by the way.

EyeForAnEye
October 18th 2010


1702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

OM are incredibly large now.

Theres a group called "The Of Machines Movement" that eached 1000 fans in a week and The Of Machines facebook group jumped from 2000 to 3000 this month. Its crazy, its like some huge movement.

To be honest, I'd love to see OM pull an Oceana and come back, but it seems unlikely.

PinkBlackberry
October 18th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

They totally could do it.

They lost, really..their clean vocalist and their drummer? They could rebuild..rebuild stronger. They have the technology. THEY HAVE THE POWER.

EyeForAnEye
October 18th 2010


1702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What many people don't realize is that Of Machines new album's sound was going to be comparable to this.

A few demos were released and they're quite Linear.

DeadbeatDankity
November 27th 2010


149 Comments


How would one go about getting those demos?

East Hastings
November 27th 2010


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You could try your hand at operating the google machine.

LiveByFaith
March 31st 2011


141 Comments


some of their members moved to decoder as well.
so it'd be even harder to see OM get back together, seeing as everyone
kind of has a new project of their own.

ultimaastounding
December 3rd 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Better late than never. I just found this album interesting. Too bad, Soft Powers is gone. I just saw Dylan's new project called " Dan Krause." Still, not bad.



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