Having released their self–titled debut album to excellent reviews in July on Bella Union, The Soft Cavalry (husband/wife duo Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell of Slowdive) cap a successful year by heading out on a UK tour with their friends RIDE end of this month.
Of the tour Rachel Goswell says: “I’m really excited to be going back out on tour with Ride, albeit in a different guise, after all these years and to be sharing The Soft Cavalry with everyone! I’ll also be bringing the glitter with me.”
Friday 29th November – Norwich – The Waterfront
Saturday 30th November – Sheffield – The Plug
Sunday 1st December – Birmingham – The O2 Institute
Tuesday 3rd December – Oxford – Oxford Town Hall
Wednesday 4th December – Glasgow – SWG3
Thursday 5th December – Aberdeen – The Lemon Tree
Friday 6th December – Newcastle – Boiler Shop
Sunday 8th December – Southampton – Engine Rooms
Wednesday 11th December – Leeds – Leeds Beckett University
Thursday 12th December – Manchester – O2 Ritz
Critical acclaim for The Soft Cavalry, out now on Bella Union:
“A cerebral yet vast and cinematic ode to love and new beginnings, layering ambrosial synths and sparkling guitar with a familiar pairing of Goswell’s seraphic incantations and Clarke’s warm tone… Goswell is an understated weapon in everything she touches, a powerhouse of potent feminine energy.” Uncut – 8/10
“Exploring the same spacey pastures as Slowdive but with license to roam further… Pink Floyd by way of Secret Machines… There’s plenty of promise here.” The Observer – 4 stars ****
For Steve Clarke, The Soft Cavalry’s self-titled debut album is the first record he’s masterminded from start to finish, with invaluable contributions from his wife, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, on co-vocals and spiritual/practical guidance, and Steve’s brother Michael, who produced the record. The band’s music is a particularly British brand of intense cinematic drama. Melodic and timeless, the album lands in the atmospheric dimensions between Pink Floyd, Talk Talk and R.E.M. A record radiating midlife crisis but equally enormous elation; a helix of fear and hope, aching for resolution. The Soft Cavalry have previously shared videos for the track “Dive” and “Bulletproof”.