Existing somewhere between dream and memory, Soft Picasso’s quirky world is borne out of lo-fi honesty. Recorded in a bedroom in Liverpool, the duo’s stripped back approach uses simple guitar, bass, keyboard and drum machine arrangements to support their intimate storytelling.
The 4-track EP “What’s To Become Of Us” is a lyrically enchanting collection of sonic snapshots, ethereal reminiscences of lives past and futuristic nostalgia. At the core of the performances are the vocal harmonies of Nik Kavanagh and Clare Jones, who also play all the instruments on the tracks.
Hailing from seaside town Morecambe in Lancashire , songwriter Nik, formerly bassist with John Peel session regulars Ella Guru, provides the musical foundation for the band’s sound. His understated delivery is complimented by the warm rich textures of Clare’s vocals. Clare, from Monmouth is an accomplished singer and founding member of a capella trio Barbieshop.
The due first performed together at the wedding of a friend and are named after a Vic Chestnut song. Nik says: “These songs are like postcards to myself, moments of time that I don’t want to lose. What started out as sketches on an acoustic guitar really came to life during the recording and Clare brought a little bit of magic to the songs.”
Featuring themes of love, loss and hope, these tunes are a joyous earful from start to finish.