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Soft Lighting is the producing alias of Bryan Cox, a synth-pop/chillwave musician hailing from Kansas City. Cox is set to release his first album on the new Synthemesc record label that was started by Teeel.
Their upcoming album, Slow Motion Silhouettes, will be released on March 1st and has a bit of a cinematic feel to it. I’ve given it a few listens now (while it’s streaming on the Soft Lighting Soundcloud page) and I’ve enjoyed each and every listen. I can hear influences from Washed Out in the vocals and the instrumental production reminds me very much of the best films of the 80’s. It seems as if each song would fit in perfectly as the soundtrack to any teenage love scene that took place during that era.
A few of the tracks in particular had what I like to call “Grotto Music” quality. In my circle, the grotto is a cave on hole 9 of the mini-golf course next to the beach house we spend our summers at. It’s private and it’s sexy. The question, “Would you like to see the grotto?” has never been answered with a “no.” So picture warm weather, a sea breeze, an awesome cave, and being extremely sexy and then you get what “Grotto Music” is all about.
Anyway, the whole album is good for the Grotto, but these two streaming below are Grotto greatness. Enjoy them and then circle March 1st on your calendar as Slow Motion Silhouettes should be on your soundtrack for the Spring.
BONUS: Soft Lighting also has this sweet 80s-esque video for the song “Up All Night.” Yeah, I’m a sucker for nostalgia, but who cares? This stuff is awesome.