Stream: Soft Swells, ‘Floodlights’



With an full-length in 2012 and an EP in ’13 under the name Soft Swells, Tim Williams found more expansive territory for his music that on his three “singer-songwriter” albums. His growth spurt must’ve felt good – Soft Swells’ relentlessly upbeat songs are the ocean breeze to cynicism’s summer heat. And, as it turns out, Williams was just getting started. Soft Swells’ sophomore full-length, “Floodlights,” will be out Sept. 30 via Modern Outsider. Made in the U.K. with producer Dave Lynch and the band’s bassist Christopher Pappas, “Floodlights” features contributions from British drummer Phil Wilkinson (Jake Bugg, Brian Eno) and long-distance turns from Misty Boyce (Sara Bareilles), Jonathan Visger (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) and Soft Swells’ touring guitarist Kyle Frederickson. In a dark place? Here’s “Floodlights” at the end of the tunnel.

||| Stream: “Floodlights”

||| Live: Soft Swells will do the Monday night residency at the Echo in September.

||| Previously: “Lifeboats,” “Summer Song,” “Put It on the Line,” “Every Little Thing” video