Norway’s finest purveyors of off-kilter, crystalline pop, Soft as Snow aka Oda Egjar Starheim and Øystein Monsen, are back with a brand new release for Houndstooth. The 4-track ‘Chrysalis’ EP is the duo’s second original release for the label, following their 2014 debut with the ‘Glass Body’ EP and 'Glass Body Remixed', a striking collection of reworked versions by Lucy, Gabe Gurnsey of Factory Floor, Maria Minerva and Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance.
Opening track ‘I Adore’ is characterized by abrasive synths and shimmering inflections, while ‘Fluid’ builds from glassy restraint to a synth freak-out. ‘Mouth’ is a menacing statement of intent, all tribal percussion and primal yelps, calling to mind the unsettling production of Mica Levi’s soundtrack for ‘Under The Skin’. The EP draws to a close with the energetic, skittering ‘Her Blood Is Gold’, with Oda’s strange, otherworldly vocal binding it all together.
The release was mixed in LA by Timothy Wiles, whose engineering credits as Q include Factory Floor and Liars, whilst his production career as Überzone stretches back to the USA’s mid-90s rave boom. The release will be accompanied by two videos, one by fast-rising digital artist Kytten Janae (who also created the EP’s stunning artwork) and another by video artist Kirsti-Lee Poulter. The 12” is pressed to hot pink vinyl and housed in a high-gloss sleeve, in a limited run of 500 copies.
You can catch Soft As Snow live at London’s Old Blue Last on Thursday 15th october, with support coming from Brighton based audio/visual producer Foreign Skin and London based Guy Andrews.
‘Chrysalis’ EP Tracklisting:
1. I Adore
4. Her Blood Is Gold
"The music they make has an inner strength that curls and coils skyward, shooting lasers into infinity” – The FADER
“Finely crafted electronic pop with Houndstooth oomph”– Dummy
“Wild, impressionistic electronic music that splits the difference between Purity Ring’s exquisite beat-driven pop songs and The Knife’s brain-blasting experiments” – Stereogum
“Psych-out stadium pop” – DAZED