Soft Kill - Within This Mess
Death Rock. When a genre such as this comes across my desk, I lean back, huff an anguished sigh and furrow the proverbial brow thinking, “What the hell does that really mean, anyway?“ So, I close my eyes and think of all the harrowing things that could possible entail: Bleached skin? (Ow.) Leather pants or something or other? (Ok. One ticket to the sex-and-pain gravy train, please.) Metallic tats? (Ew. Deal Breaker.) And David Lynch movies? (Hell, yes!)
When Toby Graves and now-wife Shiloe Alia met, a conversation of the musically-inclined began. At some point between the Cure and the Killing Joke, seeds were sown, and with their 2011 Fast Weapons debut An Open Door, we at the Mixtape Files blissfully reap the benefits. Incorporating dark, Interpol-reminiscent tones, vocal growls, and heavy instrumentation, the 9 track LP is an “open dialogue love letter in song form“.
So, save this for the black light or play it atop a bed of black roses.
Download: Soft Kill - Within This Mess.mp3
Grab another dark morsel of the couple’s catalog off of our current mixtape #15: Here.