if you're in a band nowadays, there's a pretty good chance that at least a half or a third of the band is in multiple projects. It's a reality of the music industry today with the ease of recording. While every member of Houston three piece Astragal is barely old enough to drink, they hasn't stopped them from making some amazing music. Their bassist, David Sosa is the first of the trio to branch out with a new project that steers far from what Astragal has become known for with So, so. Mixing elements of ambient music, dream pop, and bedroom pop, his lead single "Action Figures" found exclusively here, is a mix of magical notes and dreary tones.
With dissonant guitar and a chill pace, the song has elements of light jazz and subtle hints of indie rock and ambient music. The echoed effect of the vocals mixed with the shoegaze notations, make the song work better than songs of the typical fare, while Sosa navigates the track with dual vocals and little guitar noodlings. There are more relaxed nods to what Astragal does, but the overall sound and approach are nothing like them as well, giving So, so a chance to grow and build on their own thing.
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The song is a nice glimpse into the debut E.P.; Soft Elbows due out June 23. You can stream the track all you'd like above, or here on Bandcamp. Soft Elbows will be released through Miss Champagne Records, and will have an E.P. release party the same day at Insomnia Gallery. The all ages show will also include performances from Astragal, Small Chair, and Rhode Island's Little Foot. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $5.