Track Of The Day #648: Rathborne- Soft

Clambering from the undergrowth is NYC garage Rocker Rathborne who emerges with his new track Soft: a catchy garage rock tune that’s infused with a psychy punch that sneers and serrates amidst a sea of pounding rhythms and swampy static inducing guitars. Wonky, tuneful and quite unsettling. We have the first airing below. Co-produced by Albert Hammond Jnr his debut album ‘Soft’ is out this week.

“It’s a record that charts the course of a relationship,” Rathborne explains. “I felt like love had imploded. There was no place for me to be anymore. That’s a strange thing to feel when you’re twenty three. Like everything had gotten out of control. I ran out of money. I ran out of time.”

However, ultimately, “The feeling of the record is incredible energy,” says Rathborne. “Youthfulness, lust – the feeling of breaking out of yourself, unchaining yourself, forcing yourself to be free.” That same spirit of optimism and restlessness also characterizes Rathborne’s career to date. He learned how to play guitar at age 12, when a stranger who was passing through the small town in northern Maine left the instrument at his house, “There was a lot of freewheelin’ types passing through my house when we were kids” he reflects.


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