1. Hidden Details
2. The Man Who Waved At Trains
3. Ground Lift
4. Heart Off Guard
5. Broken Hill
6. Flight Of the Jett
7. One Glove
8. Out Bloody Intro
9. Out Bloody Rageous (Part 1)
10. Drifting White
11. Life On Bridges
12. Fourteen Hour Dream
Soft Machine have announced that they’ll release their new studio album later this year.
It’s titled Hidden Details, with John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington and John Marshall launching the record on September 7.
It was recorded at the late Jon Hiseman’s Temple Studio in Surrey, England, last December, with journalist and writer Sid Smith reporting that the album is “very much the product of an active, contemporary sounding outfit striking out with its own agenda.”
Smith adds: “Though informed by the past, the music here is neither weighed down nor beholden to it. Animated with the same ineffable and inquisitive spirit that has always made this group throughout its 50 years such a compelling experience, it’s good to have a new Soft Machine with us in 2018.
“The yearning tenderness of Heart Off Guard and the come-down reveries of Broken Hill and Drifting White showcase the more intimate aspects of Soft Machine's personality while in contrast, One Glove gives the more pugilistic side of John Etheridge's playing an outing.
“The terse angularities of the title track and Life On Bridges highlight a fearless disposition, as does the buzzsaw interplay heard during Ground Lift and Flight Of The Jett, both featuring Roy Babbington's decisive interventions.
Smith continues: “The surging lyricism of Fourteen Hour Dream flirts with an almost popish sensibility, underscoring the sense that this is a quartet that is fundamentally at ease with itself. The return of what some older fans of the band have called 'cosmic tinkles' – the appearance of layers of cyclical electric piano motifs – is especially welcome.
“Their brief manifestation on The Man Who Waved At Trains and Third-era, Out-Bloody-Rageous, both stone-cold Mike Ratledge-composed classics, adds an extra spacey dimension to the overall sound.”
Smith adds: “Travis' use of looping technology with his flutes creates its own beguiling world and can be heard to powerful effect on the beautiful and enigmatic Breathe, where his hovering notes are underpinned by Marshall's oblique yet atmospheric percussion.”
Soft Machine recently played their first shows in North America since 1974 and will head out on tour again later this month, with dates planned in Japan, Europe, the US, Canada and the UK (opens in new tab).
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John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington and John Marshall's new album Hidden Details contains a total of 13 tracks – and is backed by an extensive run of live shows across the world.