Ken Stringfellow – Soft Commands

Third solo LP from Posies co-founder

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A compendium recorded the globe over, the bulk of Soft Commands is given over to rolling, near-baroque piano balladry, as on “When U Find Someone”, which hews as close to late-’60s, post-SMiLE Brian Wilson as a late-summer burnt-orange sunset. The standout rocker is “Don’t Die”, with its biting guitars and double-tracked vocals, but it’s “You Drew”, an abstract love song with a soaring melody reminiscent of “American Pie”, that has the most staying power.


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