Softcheque: Sand in your Mind


Perhaps more than most, Softcheque present a musical cypher. Seldom am I at such a profound loss for words to describe music, submitted here as a positive. Suppose you can imagine a band that simultaneously blends the low-key swing of French pop, like Serge Gainsbourg, or even Stereolab, with that kind of subtle creeping melancholy of Jarboe — an operatic flourish, meant here in the most literal of senses, added in for good measure. The compositions flow naturally, and feel organic in nature, and the album skews a bit quieter even than their previous release, which evokes a sleepy vibe, that kind of feel you get on a foggy morning when you’ve got a lot on your mind.