About the Album, where to buy it and other information below as well as SOUNDBITES, and reviews of the original Soft Touch EP
SOFT TOUCH FULL
WHERE TO GET IT
Those who have already purchased the EP can exchange it at no extra cost for the full album at the above address.
LYRICS for all songs - click here
versions of every track from the Full Album are available on Music
Canteen. You may listen to 1 minute of each track and purchase any
track for a mere RM3.
Track 1 > Happy Sad
REVIEWS of the Soft Touch EP
Sunday Star, 8th May 2005, read it @ Star Central
This local group is led by Peter Hassan and Markiza. This EP is made up of five songs with Markiza singing lead on four and Peter taking centrestage on one.
The group started as a duo in the '90s but now has additional members in Wong Lip Kee (guitar), Alex Ang (drums) and Shahril (six-string bass).
Their brand of music marries pop melodies with indie-flavoured rock, but also taking in grunge, jazz and folk.
Listen 2 What U C is an engaging combination of power rock riffing with a countryish chorus and featuring Markiza's airy vocals. It ends with a punkish rave-up.
Happy Sad has a folk-rock feel to it while Shelter has a touch of Fleetwood Mac about it, and features strong vocal harmonies.
Wishful Thinking is an odd combination of waltz and ska beats and Lately sees Soft Touch funking it up gently.
While you could classify their music as indie-pop, it's quite charmingly quirky in its own way.
Forget everything you think you know! Soft Touch may have been conceived all those years ago under a pink folk rock moon but as the first notes on the band's debut EP emanate from the speakers, you're suddenly hit with the realisation that the old band may well no longer exist. If you were expecting lush, acoustic textures look some place else because Soft Touch appears to have traded in its Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span tendencies for a classic rock sound that threatens to burn everything in its path. If there is any doubt that Soft Touch deserves to stand alongside Malaysian indie rock's finest then opener Listen 2 What U C will silence the critics. Built on a searing guitar hook (courtesy of of axe slinger Wong Lip Kee), the song hits full stride straight out of gate. And with the jaunty, blues tinged Happy Sad (is the title Hassan Peter's nod to Tim Buckley?) up next, there's no time to let the dust settle properly.
However, while it may not have been obvious at first, there are really two parts to the EP. The first half is rock-flavoured, and the second is quirky, whimsical and basically (as anyone who's seen the band live should be able to tell you) Soft Touch at its finest. The scene shift isn't dramatic. It happens without you even realising, somewhere in the middle of Wishful Thinking, just as you're getting used to the idea of Markiza's delicate vocals struggling for air above the boisterousness of the proceedings. Personally I prefer the second half of the EP because it's the Soft Touch I know and love. But I'm sure the band members don't mind either way just so long as you buy the record and don't allow prejudice to influence what you hear. Isn't that right guys? ***