Former Frog Eyes songwriter Carey Mercer has started a new band called Soft Plastics. Also featuring ex-Frog Eyes members Mel Campbell and Shyla Seller, the Canadian trio is sharing its first single, “Rope Off The Tigers”, taken from a forthcoming debut album.
The announcement comes two years after the long-running and highly acclaimed Frog Eyes called it quits. According to a press release, Mercer began writing the songs featured on Soft Plastics’ album mere months after Frog Eyes completed their farewell tour in late 2018 and released their final record, Violent Psalms.
Like their old band, Soft Plastics’ sound on “Rope Off The Tigers” is hard to pin down. The track features a bouncy groove that’s cut with crisp percussive embellishments, singing trumpets, and plunky keyboard strokes. The whole thing swings pleasantly, and Mercer’s robust vocal delivery is as peculiar as it is melodic. Hear it for yourself below.
Soft Plastics’ debut LP is officially titled 5 Dreams. Although a release date hasn’t been confirmed, it’s already up for pre-order through Paper Bag Records.
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5 Dreams Tracklist:
01. St Tosh the Actor
02. Here’s Where the Sun Was
04. I Dreamed of Cold Clean Green Seas
05. The Party’s Still On
06. Spartacus, Please
07. I Pay No Heed to the Signs
08. Rope off the Tigers
09. The Angels
10. Wyld Thyng