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Soft Shoulder - “Aerosol Can Stand” 7” (Gilgongo Records, 2020)

by Soft Shoulder

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    7" record, released on Gilgongo Records in early 2020. Includes small individualized art print.

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Went in on an open run, an open ended loose take: once or twice and it’s considered done. Miscellaneous pieces of someone’s broken drum kit, a microphone lays on the floor, gaff tape stability: aerosol can stand. The motivation is found in these unplanned situations. Unrelated: a few remarks, five words, infinitely credited to MES (three letter preference, the speak-shout enthusiast).
Many demand an answer, but you’ve got to ask this of yourself: Are you concerned with common health? It’s a sick and sad way to be (when your only measure is wealth). Additionally: a textbook composition, a broadcast yet legless transmission, a fall-on-deaf-ear type of listen. A skip in your step, but you keep a scowl on while running around. Unrelated: two or three sentences, borrowed in a moment of improvisation, capitalizing on the random snippets of sound, infinite credit to B.A. Wizard (a scholar who knows which way you must move).


Aerosol Can Stand finds JAMES FELLA's long running “post-punk / no-wave / junk-kraut” group in a rare moment of pop sensibility (subject to objection and critique). Recorded spur-of-the-moment during practice, these two songs are a snapshot of Soft Shoulder as a trio (with JOSH RODRIGUEZ (Mallevs, Sleep Money, etc) and Moone Records’ CALEB DAILEY) in late 2019.

However, the same variety of haphazard approaches and bedroom-style recording methods which Fella is accustomed to using when processing songs alone were utilized here with the full band. Everything captured on the second take: microphones taped to broken pieces of drum kit hardware and whatever else was sitting around on the floor, overblown overdubs done with a faulty reverb unit, synth later dropped in as an afterthought directly before a maniacal full-volume mix-down in the same rehearsal space later that week.

Comparisons aside and credit due as collateral: RIYL The Fall, The Homosexuals, etc. Edition of 600 (includes download and every copy comes with a unique print made using components from the artwork).


released January 10, 2020


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