Indie pop served up semi-garage style: the new Smith Westerns album Soft Will is the follow up to 2011's Dye It Blonde. The band is making a transition at this point, shaking off their previious album that saw a group of teenagers arrive on a global stage. No pressure guys. They're moving to a more smoothed out alternative / indie pop sound.
The band worked with producer Chris Coady on what they hope will outdo their spectacular sophmore album Dye It Blonde. Smith Westerns went to Chris Coady's Sonic Ranch recording Studio in El Paso before moving to New York's DNA Studio to do the final mixdown. The entire Smith Westerns album Soft Will is streaming in full right now courtesy of NPR Music, who said this about the release:
The follow-up to Smith Westerns' 2011 breakthrough Dye It Blonde, Soft Will (out June 25) is the sound of weaponized agreeability; a band whose songs are so catchy, even wistful ballads like "White Oath" have a shiny sheen that practically glistens. Given a brisk pace to match, songs like "Idol" and the appropriately titled "Glossed" practically roll the car windows down for you.
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