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Soft Hair

Soft hair is the multi-coloured pop project of ace career weirdos Sam Dust (LA Priest) and Connan Mockasin. Expect nothing short of kitsch, bubbly oddness from their debut LP...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 10 Oct 2016
  • min read
Who? Soft hair are Sam Dust (aka LA Priest) and Connan Mockasin.

What? Multi-coloured unicorn pop.

From where? The UK (Sam) and New Zealand (Connan).

What’s the story? Both Connan and Sam have previous form peddling woozily outlandish outsider pop. So it comes as no surprise their Soft Hair collaboration serves up kitsch, bubbly weirdness by the ladleful.

Both virtuosos of the bizarre, their solo outputs have yielded steamy, sultry albums referencing the musical footprints of Ariel Pink and Prince.

In Soft Hair, they’ve teased out a slow-locked, slippery groove which exudes buttery warmth and a blissed-out soul.

It’s complemented by heavy guitar distortions, trembling synths and falsetto refrains that are cleverly sandwiched between a fairly 'normal' pop template.

More than five years in the making, the project has brought the two together in Sam’s former Nottingham council house, an old school hall in Connan’s native New Zealand, plus various venues around the world.

Now ready to release their eponymous debut LP through Domino Records offshoot Weird World on 28 October, they’ve shared their second taster track.

Tune into the video for In Love below to get a proper handle on their off-kilter audio/visual creepiness!

Sounds like? A cassette tape of classic eighties pop that’s been left out in the sun for too long.

Predicted to? Reset your idea of ‘infectious’ on first listen.

Must hear? In Love