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MP3 The Soft Collapse - Little Songs

Sad, sweet love songs. Subways and strange bedrooms.

11 MP3 Songs in this album (32:22) !
Related styles: Folk: Anti-Folk, Pop: Quirky, Mood: Brooding

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"''Little Songs'' is a collection of baroque folk-pop love songs delivered with a graceful simplicity and a patient eye for biographical detail...there is a gentle grandeur in the sedate dance between voice, acoustic guitar and cello (remarkably all recorded live). Montgomery’s vocals fall somewhere between the confessionals of Elliott Smith (but not as pained or doomed) and the rich introspective baritone of The National’s Matt Berninger (but not as gravelly)...''Little Songs'' is a quiet and intense listen that can be a bit samey and somnambulant over the 12 tracks if you don’t pay it full attention to pick out its subtle inflections and changes of pace. The jaunty ode to NY street wandering on ‘City Ramblin’’ or the wry optimism of ‘All I Can Hope To Create’ contrast with the sombre intensity of ‘Heart of Hearts’ or ‘Honey on Toast’. Elsewhere ‘Black on Black on Black on Black’ tilts towards country-noir whilst conforming to the rule that any song referencing Johnny Cash can only be good." -https://www.tradebit.com (Folly of Youth)

"Immediacy in music often is associated with a quick tempo or a high level of noise, a propulsive beat or urgent shouts. ''Black on Black on Black on Black,'' is quite the opposite, but I found it just as transfixing. I love the way the guitar and cello sound together, and Ryan Montgomery''s deep voice is one you can''t help listening to intently. What I find most interesting is that the lyrical sentiment is not something I totally identify with, but which I can easily understand. I''m not thinking about settling down any time soon but I am compelled by the narrator''s struggle to want stability versus the doubt and unpredictability that comes with trying to achieve it. The details are rich and the music is beautiful." -https://www.tradebit.com

"...his voice has an oddly calming effect amidst the chaos around us. The songs are stripped down, leaving the essence of sincerity. I liked it because it was perfect to have a moment of pondering." -https://www.tradebit.com

"Every now and then (perhaps a little more lately, at least for me) you need to turn it down a notch or two, mellow out and clear your head with some spare, even sweet, music -- especially if it comes with sincerity from new independent bands trying to break through. This is the case with The Soft Collapse, a band out of Brooklyn headed up by Ryan Montgomery. Their self-recorded debut album is called Little Songs and is a showcase of moody, stripped-down and even quirky songs..." -https://www.tradebit.com

"I hear that cello, and I think of Andrew Bird. But Andrew, while plenty loved by folks, never quite hit me right. The Soft Collapse plays a few steps closer to the mainstream (which, c’mon, isn’t that hard to do when compared to Bird). It’s mellow and stripped down and intense." -https://www.tradebit.com

"...pleasant, patient, shy-from-the-light indie release." https://www.tradebit.com

"His voice has the same ''I don’t even really believe what I’m saying'' baritone quality that first drove me to Matt Berninger." -https://www.tradebit.com

"just kind of chills you out" -https://www.tradebit.com

"...rather beautiful it is too!" -https://www.tradebit.com


After Ryan Montgomery and Dave Teufel’s former band, Heroes in the Seaweed, split, Ryan continued writing and performing privately, frequently to audiences of one. When he decided to finally take his newer songs out of the bedroom and into the studio, he asked Dave to reawaken his gorgeous cello accompaniment. The result, which was recorded almost entirely live by Charles Burst at the Seaside Lounge, is a handful of sweet, stripped-down love songs. Maintaining the intimacy of their birthplace, the melodies flaunt their imperfections and deliver moments of guiltless beauty and bittersweet humor.

After the album’s recording but before its release, The Soft Collapse added drummer Rob Galgano (also a former member of H. I. T. S.) and a second vocalist, Jane Cramer. They are currently planning their follow up album and can often be found performing on the Lower East side and in Brooklyn. They particularly seem to like the Parkside Lounge.

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