The Soft Cavalry

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The Soft Cavalry

The Soft Cavalry

Release Date: Jul 5, 2019
Record label: Bella Union
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Folk

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The Soft Cavalry - Very Good, Based on 4 Critics

New Musical Express (NME) - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Somewhere between shoegaze and synth-pop, tackling frustration, anxiety and confusion, this powerful debut shows it's never too late to follow your dreams The Soft Cavalry's eponymous debut is borne out of an old-fashioned love-story. Until 2014, Steve Clarke - the group's mastermind, lead vocalist and guitarist - was working as a jobbing musician, providing backing vocals for various musicians whilst also balancing work as a tour manager. In 2014, Clarke was asked to work with the newly reformed Slowdive, where he met their vocalist and guitarist, Rachel Goswell.

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The Line of Best Fit - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Having played in bands since the late 1990s, Clarke is not a newcomer, but there hasn't been much about the various endeavors he has been a part of - Dum Dums, Rogue States, Ricky-Gervais-as-David-Brent's Foregone Conclusion, all well and good in their own right - that has foreshadowed the kind of album he's come up with here. The Soft Cavalry is one of those records fueled by filed-away aspirations and ideas that have finally been called up. Rachel Goswell of Slowdive , Clarke's partner in The Soft Cavalry and in life, was crucial in instigating the project.

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The Observer (UK)
Their review was positive

S lowdive's reunion in 2014 didn't just spawn a great fourth album and sensational victory-lap tour. The band's singer-guitarist Rachel Goswell met her husband Steve Clarke when he tour-managed the reformed act and the pair have now created their own album as The Soft Cavalry, exploring the same spacey, effects-heavy pastures as Slowdive but with licence to roam further. The album starts with the lead singles Dive and Bulletproof, which are solid enough indie-rock efforts.

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Clash Music
Their review was positive

The Soft Cavary is more than just a Slowdive side project. In fact, it isn't a Slowdive side-project at all: it's an endeavor orchestrated almost entirely by Steve Clarke, husband of Slowdive's Rachel Goswell. Clarke is no newcomer to the music scene; he's been steady contributing to quite a few bands of the late 1990's, and has all this time carried with him a unique penchant for emotional narrative songwriting.

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