Nathan from Soft Hearted Scientists has just been over to my house to drop round a new album master for me to listen to. He's been working on selecting demo versions of 16 songs which haven't made previous records, and which aren't high on the list of as yet unrecorded tracks by the band. This collection is going to be released sometime this Autumn, else these songs might never see the light of day. I'm just finishing the first play of them now. It's staggering how good they are, even in rough demo form, and it reminds me of getting that first CD off Nathan about five years ago which lead to the formation of My Kung Fu records and all that's happened since.
If you're a follower of Soft Hearted Scientists then you might find a few of the tracks on old playlists from BBC Radio Wales present Adam Walton. We have an agreement with Nathan that he can send anything to Adam without asking us, as Adam was the first supporter of the band. As a result Adam gets first plays of almost all SHS songs, and often songs that don't even get released - if you check his playlist SHS are his most played band. Ever.
The tracklisting for this record (which clocks in around 52 minutes) runs
Totem Pole Blues
Midnight Dance of the Mexican Vampire
The Hairdresser's Ghost
Mantaray on Main Street
I don't know if the interlude has a proper title - it's a new song to me. I love it. It sounds like Black Moth Super Rainbow, or anything quirky from 1970s TV. There's a track written by Paul which I'd never heard before - The Garden. It's superb. There's no title for the record yet - Nathan is thinking Scarecrow Smiles.
This is a great record - even in the muddy depts of Mantary On Main Street, with all the hiss and the squashed up sonics, there's incredible beauty. I bloody love the Soft Hearted Scientists.