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Softcult Announce New EP “Heaven” out May 24th & Share New Single “Spiralling Out”

March 26, 2024


Announce ‘Heaven’ EP
Out May 24th on Easy Life
Share new track and video “Spiralling Out”

Softcult have announced details of a new EP entitled ‘Heaven’, set to be released on May 24th on Easy Life. Along with the announcement they have also shared a new track and video, “Spiralling Out”.

“Spiralling Out” is one of the EP’s more delicate moments – a sheer and heady track about anxiety. “We wrote this song about those times when we ruminate over a situation over and over again to no end” the band offer. “Sometimes it feels like there’s no amount of self-talk that can get us out of that spiral. It feels like everything is out of control and the world is like a carnival ride spinning all around us, but we are paralyzed and unable to step on or off. 

Hopefully this song is one that lets other people who struggle with anxiety know that they aren’t alone and we can also relate to how they feel, and that they have the ability to step into their power and take it back.”

On the video, Mercedes of Softcult said “Motion was a huge factor in the music video. I wanted to evoke the feeling of being pulled into an anxious spiral. I wanted to recreate the feeling of the world spinning out of control around you. We used any means of motion that we could find: a Merry-Go-Round that physically made us sick after filming, a carousel in Seattle on tour, etc. We actually gave ourselves motion sickness filming this video.” 

The new single shows a more delicate approach from Softcult compared to the blazing intensity of their previous releases, that being said, the track captures the hypnotic nature the pair produce. At its core and mirroring the song title is this spiralling loop, a repetitive cadence that compels and drives the entire exploration. Whilst the resonating tones deliver this melancholic and rich influence through the hazy soundscape, the melodic and softer harmonies seemingly float above the complexity of the composition. In the heart of all Softcult creations, is affection, and the affection that emits from the sincere ambiance of “Spiralling Out” leaves this lasting imprint.

On this next collection of songs, siblings Mercedes (she/her) and Phoenix (they/them) Arn-Horn shine a more brilliant light than ever before on the many complexities of human existence.

Though they’re still yet to release their debut album, Softcult are already carving out a signature sound with their enthralling, celestial shoegaze bliss and crushing dense swathes of sound, interlaced with impassioned lyrical calls. On Heaven they open conversations about gender equality, violence, climate change, corporate greed and much more.

“Spiralling Out” is the fourth track to be shared from the forthcoming EP, following the ethereally heavy critique of capitalism, “Shortest Fuse”; “Haunt You Still”, which found the duo unpacking the lingering impact we have in our past relationships; and the ethereal bliss of the EP’s title track, “Heaven”.

Speaking on the EP as a whole, the band offer the following statement:
This EP has an underlying theme, although the songs themselves may seem eclectic and wide-ranging. 
We wanted to write about the contradictions within our society, what an ideal world looks like, and how close or far we are from achieving that reality. 
What is “heaven” anyway? It probably depends on who you ask. 
What does “heaven” mean to you? What would your “heaven” look like? 
Is heaven a reward? A place that we eventually go to if we play our cards right and live by a set list of rules while alive on this planet? Who makes those rules? How do those rules impact us? 
Maybe heaven isn’t a utopian destination for those who have been judged capriciously to be worthy of entry. 
Maybe our lives on this earth, currently, are more than a trivial test that guarantees an afterlife we can’t know exists. 
Maybe the sum of our lives is the legacy we leave behind, the change we make while we are alive, and the people we touch and the impact we make. 
Maybe we should be focusing more on making the world we inhabit a better place for humanity while we are alive, instead of wishing for a better place after we are gone. 
Maybe “heaven” can be a place that exists on earth, in our lives, and the lives of our loved ones, while we are still here to experience it. 
Instead of fixating on what waits for us in the afterlife, maybe we should pay attention to what we have here on earth, because THAT, as far as we know, is the “heaven” we will see.”

Born in the studio, Softcult are building their own universe. With Phoenix running point on production, engineering, and artwork,  Mercedes directing/editing their videos, and both writing astoundingly-intimate lyrics about self-empowerment amidst social, political, and environmental collapse, the duo is about as DIY as it gets. They create and produce their own zine called SCripture, and are active participants in their Softcult Discord server, a safe online community for their fans, as spotlighted by AltPress.

Last year, Softcult released the breakout ‘See You in the Dark EP’, a worthy contender amidst their already-stacked discography that has garnered acclaim and buzz both in their home country of Canada and internationally. They’ve been championed by artists like Hayley Williams and Oli Sykes, have opened up for bands such as Incubus and MUSE. They toured the UK with Movements last year and will be returning later in 2024 – details to follow.

Softcult live dates:
Jun 27 – The Sanctuary, Detroit~
Jun 29 – Cobra Lounge, Chicago~
Jun 30 – Record Bar, Kansas City~
Jul 02 – Bluebird Theater, Denver~
Jul 03 – Soundwell, Salt Lake City~
Jul 05 – The Pearl, Vancouver~
Jul 06 – Madame Lou’s, Seattle~
Jul 07 – Mission Theater, Portland~
Jul 09 – The Starlet Room, Sacramento~
Jul 10 – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco~
Jul 12 – The Echo, Los Angeles~
Jul 13 – Voodoo Room, San Diego~
Jul 14 – The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix~
Jul 17 – Paper Tiger, San Antonio~
Jul 19 – The Ballroom, Austin~
Jul 20 – Club Dada, Dallas~
Jul 21 – Beer City Music Hall, Oklahoma City~
Jul 22 – Blueberry Hill, St. Louis~
Jul 23 – Mahall’s, Lakewood~
~ with Present

‘Heaven’ EP track list:
1. Haunt You Still
2. One Of The Pack
3. Spiralling Out
4. 9 Circles
5. Shortest Fuse
6. Heaven



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