15 January 2013
No Longer Stranger, originally released in January 2011 on the Panospria label, has been picked up by the US label Volar and pressed onto vinyl with two additional tracks. This isn’t late night club music but sounds of dimly lit rooms and dark street corners. Conceptualized a few years back after late nights under an influence, Soft Riot came to be as a musical creation of JJD (Jack Duckworth) of the London, England based psych electronic post-punk outfit Savage Furs.
Tracing a trajectory from his former home of Vancouver BC, the tracks from No Longer Stranger were built in pieces over months and months in his new English home and then completed in a few feverish weeks after a large stroke of inspiration. Themes from science fiction, isolation, fantasy, romance and psychedelia run throughout the course of this collection of “space ballads”. Drawing inspiration from synthesizer-based film soundtracks of yesteryear, drones, minimal wave electronics past and present and a heavy dose of throbbing appregiated rhythms, the tracks of No Longer Stranger are minimal pulsing pop songs coming from the distance with whispering voices weaving throughout.
The closing track “Electrolux” is originally written and recorded by the early 90s Dischord Records post-hardcore band Hoover, is re-imagined as a filmic electronic piece.