There’s a raw urgency to Soft as Snow’s debut album Deep Wave, which was released on UK label Houndstooth in 2018. Starheim’s background as a performance artist, and Monsen’s ascent through the Oslo noise/rock scene is more distinct than ever before. Layers of jagged distortion jut out from the surface of the tracks, while Starheim’s voice splutters and croons in a very cognitive way. It’s a bold, unforgiving album that demands the listener’s attention, and like their live show is completely alluring and incredibly potent.
Deep Wave was written and produced by the duo in Berlin, with additional mixing and production by WIFE of Tri Angle Records. The duo has garnered effusive praise from the likes of FADER, Dazed, Stereogum, Tiny Mix Tapes, Uncut, The Wire, Clash and Mixmag, and radio play on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 and FluxFM. They’ve had heavy rotation on a number of US college radio stations, and been remixed by Liars, Gang Gang Dance and Maria Minerva.
The duo has been on several European tours, played at renowned venues such as Berghain in Berlin and numerous clubs in the UK.
”Electronic music pushed to the brink of collapse” The Wire
“Psych-out pop” Dazed
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