Soft Healer

video by Into the Woods

Soft Healer began in 2008 in an attempt by Marie Butcher and Will Slack to cover Suicide songs on pedal steel and clarinet.  The duo swiftly failed at this and decided instead to play music with a more forgiving set-up.  They began playing bass and guitar and got a drum machine; they quickly found that all attempts to reconcile the stark, percussive landscape of Colossal Youth with a Staple Singers group hug yielded something that was distinctly neither, but went with it anyway.

After their first show, Soft Healer became a trio with Sara Berger joining on sax and organ.  A few shows later they were an even four with Nick Decarmine playing drums.  At this point the band collectively owned all of the first nine Funkadelic albums.

They have since toured the west coast and have released music on Brooklyn label Captured Tracks as well as Monofonus Press.  In addition to their limited edition Monofonus One-sider, they have more Captured tracks releases and an East Coast/Midwest tour in the works for spring 2011.

“It’s easy to hear the influence of scented oils in the Soft Healer track “Movie Light”, which was posted today over at Gorilla vs. Bear, but it’s just as easy to discern the effect that vinyl r&b, early rock n’ roll, and lo-fi has also had on the Texan quartet’s sonic puberty.

This track is certified gold.  Soft Healer appears to specialize in slow burners, simplified drum tracks, and soft electricity.  There is a groove in all their songs, and Marie Butcher’s voice shoots up a major interval or cascades into a low moodiness at the perfect moments, leading the song over saxophones and panning guitars.”  –



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