The Soft Cavalry - The Soft Cavalry
So... The Soft Cavalry. What is it? A happy accident? A lovers’ story? A crisis of faith? In reality, it’s all of these.
For Steve Clarke, The Soft Cavalry’s self-titled debut album is equally a labour of love, and 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 Mansun. A record radiating midlife crisis but equally enormous elation; a helix of fear and hope, aching for resolution. A record Steve emphasises that he “needed” to make.
The Soft Cavalry is also that rarity: a musical project that began life on an industrial site in Reading.
Additionally, the album is a way of rewriting a man’s narrative, and proof that relative late bloomers (Steve was in his late thirties when he made the album) can make the record of their dreams.
4. The Velvet Fog
5. Never Be Without You
6. Only In Dreams
7. Careless Sun
9. The Light That Shines On Everyone
12. The Ever Turning Wheel
Artist: Soft Cavalry
Label: Bella Union
Genre: Indie & Alternative
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: BELLA914V
Released: 14th June 2019