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SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Founded as the result of a serendipitous meeting while searching for meteor fragments in the Garwnant area of the Brecon Beacons Welsh national forest, SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS are at-heart a psychedelic band. Having never learned instruments prior to their formation, the fairly strong folk undertones and broad use of eclectic and acoustic instruments seems a natural part of their evolution. The Cardiff-based band has released a handful of proper studio albums along with two compilations of early recordings and numerous singles and EPs.

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The Slow CycloneThe Slow Cyclone
The Hip Replacement 2014
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False LightsFalse Lights
The Hip Replacement 2013
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WandermoonWandermoon
The Hip Replacement 2011
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Take Time to Wonder in a Whirling World
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wandermoon
2011
3.94 | 4 ratings
False Lights
2013
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The Slow Cyclone
2014

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Uncanny Tales from the Everyday Undergrowth
2005
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Scarecrow Smile: Home Demos, Volume 1
2009
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Whatever Happened to the Soft Hearted Scientists?
2013

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The Bethesda EP
2004
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The Wendigo EP
2004
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Isabella
2004
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The Midnight Mutinies EP
2005
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Light Years to Nothing
2007
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Siberia
2007
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Eyes
2007
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Tornadoes in Birmingham
2011
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The Trees Don't Seem to Know That it's September
2011

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 False Lights by SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 4 ratings

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False Lights
Soft Hearted Scientists Prog Folk

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars The Welsh band "Soft Hearted Scientists" makes a special form of music not similar with other bands here on this site. They have made three records and the last one "False lights" was released this year. I don't get information about the musicians on this site by the record lasts for 56 minutes and the art work is nice, a mystical picture with different occurrences. The members of the band are Nathan Hall, Dylan Line, Paul Jones and Michael Bailey.

I would call their music psychedelic folk pop, done in the same mood as a lot of music from the late 60s. I guess the music also has connections with some form of indie music. The links to the prog seems not to be especially strong, but still it's very interesting music.

The albums starts and ends with the sound of monks and in between there is a lot of fine and inspired music. Soft Hearted Scientists does very vocal oriented music and I love the voice style and the accent I hear. The music is full of instruments and very honest performenced. My favourite tracks are "Seeing" and "False Lights" which are perfect gems and a lot of the others also have a strong and enjoyable quality: "Seeing further", "Golgatha", "Song from the River", "Turn of tables" and "Panorama"(they're also very good).

I wouldn't say there is anything really inferior here and I can really recommend a listening of this record. Amongst the best ingredients is the vocals and the lyrics. Not very connected with other prog, this is interesting and good.

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3.94 | 4 ratings

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Soft Hearted Scientists Prog Folk

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Welsh band SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS is an entity that has been around in one shape or another for around a decade by now, making their initial foray into the world of recording artists in 2004 with two EPs, expanding their catalog with a substantial amount of EPs, compilations and albums over the next few years. Among more than a dozen productions "False Lights" is their third ever full length original studio album, self-released by the band in the spring of 2013.

Timeless music revolving around acoustic guitars and keyboards, light toned harmonic arrangements with a nice psychedelic flavoring is what Soft Hearted Scientists provides on "False Lights", complete with an underplayed tongue in cheek humor as a distinct presence throughout. Whimsical in mood and spirit, even when dealing with fairly dark subject matters, and with an overall sound that makes me suspect that fans of early Pink Floyd and The Beatles might make out a prime audience for the band. Especially for those amongst them who also tends to enjoy the bands exploring the so-called Canterbury tradition.

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 Whatever Happened to the Soft Hearted Scientists? by SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Whatever Happened to the Soft Hearted Scientists?
Soft Hearted Scientists Prog Folk

Review by Windhawk
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Welsh band SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS have been around in one shape or another since 2001, with Cardiff as their base of operations and these days sporting four members, following an initial phase of existence as a duo with special guests contributing. The band have four studio productions to their name so far, with a fifth set for release later in 2013. And while their small but dedicated fanbase awaits the next chapter of the musical exploits of this Cardiff foursome, Fruits de Mer Records have decided to release a compilation album featuring material from all parts of their career. To be released as a double vinyl production, complete with a bonus 7'' single, sporting the slightly curious title "Whatever Happened to the Soft Hearted Scientists".

It doesn't take too long before this compilation leaves me somewhat bewildered, as this is a rather unfamiliar musical ground for me. Once a metalhead that later developed a taste for progressive and sophisticated music, this is a band and an album that represents a very different sound to what I'm used to, and presumably I'll be missing vital points about origins, influences and similar sounding artists both left, right and centre on this one. Most likely bringing some rather odd associations to the table to boot. Be that as it may be, hopefully someone may still find some use to these written words.

My main impression about this act is that their material has a naive, innocent sound. The moods and atmospheres from a world less dark, threatening and informed than today. Music from the age where people could still believe in people. Also known as the 1960's. And there's a distinct smell of flowers in the air when playing this music, and possibly some fragrances of a more dubious origin too. By now I should add that these are impressions harvested at the start of their various compositions, but as they develop these creations does reveal a band that isn't quite as one dimensional.

The songs start out coming across as singer/songwriter material more often than not though, with light toned acoustic guitars and calm lead vocals the main and dominating elements. But as the initial phase ends, or more often as the song develops, quite a few additional features are added in. Psychedelic tinged, subtle synthesizer and keyboard textures, echoing guitar licks, brooding downmixed organ and what I suspect is some variety or other of Mellotron find their place, most often utilized sparingly and to good effect but occasionally used as parts of a richer, layered arrangement that may even be described as majestic from time to time. But not in a dramatic manner. Soft Hearted Scientists do live up to their choice of moniker, their pieces generally maintain a calm and controlled spirit even when the arrangements are fairly sophisticated. Some instances of vocals with a slight touch of The Beatles about them appear from time to time, and a few tracks have a slightly darker edge and whimsical nature to them that gives me associations to artists often referred to as Canterbury when describing their style. Soft Hearted Scientists is a band I'd describe as one with a foundation closer to the singer/songwriter and folk music traditions though, and a band that showcase an eager interest in applying psychedelic and odd sounds to their material. A few more purebred psychedelic pieces does appear too, and that a song titled At Night the Quarry Glows Like a Mothership is among them shouldn't surprise anyone.

This is a good and fascinating album, of that there isn't any doubt. Those who tend to enjoy psychedelic music of the kind that generally doesn't employ dramatic effects and who tend stay calm and controlled should be a likely crowd for this production, fans of psychedelic folk music too. And if you can check both these points and have an additional affection for the likes of The Beatles, then I suspect that you and Soft Hearted Scientists is a match made in heaven somewhere. Not the best description or recommendation this album will harvest by far I suspect, but the best this old metal head is able to come up with for this particular production.

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