Soft Vowel Sounds | Ray Versus Macbeth and the Music Box, Pt. One

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Ray Versus Macbeth and the Music Box, Pt. One

by Soft Vowel Sounds

*soft vowel sounds* offers a rather novel mix of deliciously percussive & dissonant guitar noises, catchy-as-hell melodies, smart yet silly lyrics, unconventional yet charming vocals, and occasional keyboard & bird squawks.
Genre: Pop: Noise Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Music Box
1:40 $0.99
2. Open Letter
1:25 $0.99
3. Macbeth
2:58 $0.99
4. Ray
3:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
*soft vowel sounds* is the latest solo musical project from former Bitesize guitarist-vocalist-principal songwriter Julia Serano. Quirky indie-pop? High fidelity lo-fi? Sonic Youth meets They Might Be Giants if it was recorded in someone's bedroom? You decide...

Ray versus Macbeth and the Music Box, Part One is the first *soft vowel sounds* release. It is miniature concept record of sorts. Classic rock aficionados may recognize that the title and cover art reference the 1970 The Kinks’ album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, which introduced the world to the eventual hit song “Lola.” The finale of Ray versus... record is the eponymous “Ray,” which is intended to be a charming contemporary musical parody of “Lola,” albeit written from a decidedly different perspective.

Ray versus... opens up with the song “Music Box,” so called because of the percussive & harmonics-ladden guitar sound that drives it and the other songs on the record. The song is about being a third wheel and it appropriately takes place inside of a vehicle.

The second song, “Open Letter,” is one Julia wrote for her previous band Bitesize. The band regularly performed it, although they never formally recorded it. This is her take on that Bitesize classic.

The third song, “Macbeth,” is a comic (or perhaps tragic!) tale about love and theatrical superstitions.

Music-wise, Julia Serano (aka, *soft vowel sounds*) is best known for her work as the singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for the noise-pop/indie-rock band Bitesize, who throughout the late ‘90s and early ‘00s dazzled audiences with two-minute long pop gems filled with awkward stops and starts, weird bursts of guitar noise, back and forth vocals, quirky lyrics, and lots of jumping up and down.



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