The Soft Hills

The Soft Hills

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandAlternativeRock

Psych-Folk, Ambient Rock. Rich with vocal harmonies, sonically-charged textures, and illuminating lyrics. Sounds like Grizzly Bear, Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Neil Young, The Flaming Lips, and The Beach Boys.

Biography

The Soft Hills are the musical adventure of Garrett Hobba, Brittan Drake, Randall Skrasek, and Brett Massa. A Seattle band with an appreciation for experimentation and harmony, their songs draw from a wide range of influences from folk to psychedelic to ambient, drawing on literary influences, and incorporating experiences from dreams and visions. To listen to The Soft Hills' music is like wandering through a magical landscape where horse-like creatures run wild across velveteen fields and mythological birds soar under melancholy clouds. It is the band's love for space, melody, and sonic exploration that shines through their compositions.

With a growing sense of recognition, The Soft Hills find themselves developing a focused and crafted sound, and playing major venues across the US. In order to create a deeper, mind-altering experience for the audience, the band incorporates visual art into their live performance, projecting surreal images interspersed with live video. The band’s unique blend of vocal harmonies, reverb-heavy guitars, synth textures and visuals has made their show a rare spectacle pleasing both to the eye and ear.

During the winter of 2011, the band went into the studio to record their new album, The Bird Is Coming Down To Earth, with producer Matt Brown (Trespassers William, Memphis, Lucinda WIlliams). Working with Matt proved to be a fruitful and enlightening experience. He helped the band capture the naturalness and spontaneity of each song, allowing them to blossom into strange mysterious animals. The album features 10 new tracks and explores themes such as death, chaos, rebirth, sadness for things lost, and takes the listener on a journey back to a time of childhood wonder. People might might hear influences from artists like Neil Young, Sigur Rós, and Grizzly Bear. The record was mixed by Erik Blood (Moondoggies, Shabazz Palaces) and will be released on Tapete in January 2012.

The Soft Hills recently finished their third US tour and will be embarking on their first European tour in May 2012!

Lyrics

Apples

Written By: Garrett Hobba

grow into something new
roll apples off the roof
and who knows where they go?

and I’m building a fine wooden boat
now we’re sailing the cold northern coast

gone but I’ll be back again
slow walking through the snow
and I don’t mind when the moon shines

Wandering

Written By: Garrett Hobba

here now
out on the road
dreaming about far away clouds

let’s go
where are we going?
out for a wandering

empty
walking alone
swallows in pairs tumble home

newborns
learning to swim
gone with the flow we begin
we begin…

roll away the stone, by now

and we’re letting go
of the painted world on the window
now we’re wasting our sweet time
like the elevators in your mind

don’t make a sound

windows painted with blue
mistaking the paint for the sky
ending, where are you going?
no one is there to begin
we begin…

who wants to know
you’ll find a way
just follow the pain

Discography

Painted World EP
Noruz
The Bird Is Coming Down To Earth

Set List

Typical set list:

Riding High
Tidal Waves
Phoenix
Mr. Moonlight
Marigolds
Midnight Owls
River Boat
Purple Moon