Soft Friday, the debut album from Coves (a duo made up of vocalist Beck Wood and instrumentalist John Ridgard) is pumped with pain swathed in euphoric, ethereal beauty. It tells the story of a heart breaking like shattering glass, creating a cacophony of noise and colour, richness and danger, before it can begin to settle.
Most tracks are filled with gorgeous psych-influenced fuzz guitars and electro drums, giving it both the feel of the golden age of psychadelia and exciting new ground. However there’s an underlying pulsating darkness, seen most clearly in lyrics like “you said you’d come for me, now you’ve left me in the cold. I squeeze my hands too tight, pins and needles in my soul” and desolate, tinny synth in ‘Bad Kick to the Heart’.
Soft Friday has incredible intensity, and a chilling atmosphere that works like ice water down your spine. Its melodic strength rarely falters, and it’s always consistently beautiful. It is a snow palace of a debut, with a heart of pure orange fire.