Posts Tagged ‘Soot Sprite’

Originally the solo project of Elise Cook, Soot Sprite have evolved into a three piece shoegaze/ dream pop outfit for their sophomore EP ‘Sharp Tongue’ with drummer Matt Tiller and bass player Ross Becker (now joined live with bass player Sean Mariner). for this new EP, which released last month on 12” vinyl and digital platforms.

Sharp Tongue is the second release by Soot Sprite but the first by this lineup and it offers a chill but personal blend of bedroom pop and shoegaze that fits the mood whether you’re feeling reflective or relaxed.

Sharp Tongue 12″ EP out 11th October on Specialist Subject Records

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The Band

Elise Cook – Guitar / vocals
Sean Mariner – Bass / backing
Matt Tiller – Drums

Released October 11th, 2019

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A favourite discovery of the year, Soot Sprite The band have recently signed to Special Subject, the Exeter-based sad-gaze trio are set to put out their debut EP, “Sharp Tongues”, next month, and have this week shared the latest taste of the record, new single, Vs. Self.

Like much of Sharp Tongues, Vs. Self is a reflection on themes of self-esteem and anxiety, as songwriter Eli Cook explains, “when going through times of heightened anxiety, it’s sometimes difficult to recognise that you’re your own worst enemy”. Lyrically, the track seems to be battling with the danger of constant comparison and the swirling feeling of life tumbling by all too quickly: “I’m tired of fighting with myself, lost sleep and writing doesn’t help, it’s not just one thing spinning round got more plates than a circus clown”, before the track ends with the repeated plea, “slow it all down, slow it all down”. The chaotic tumbling in the lyrics is reflected in the music too, with waves of bright-guitar and propulsive bass creating dense spirals of sound, only settling down at the tracks end into a contemplative stillness. At once familiar and forward thinking, Soot Sprite’s music dips one toe into the late 90’s alternative scene and then sprints forward into 2019, sounding fresh, intriguing and very, very exciting.

From Sharp Tongue 12″ EP out 11th October on Specialist Subject Records.