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Soft Science

Highs and Lows

(Test Pattern; US: 24 May 2011; UK: 24 May 2011)

Cut from a cloth recognizable to fans of Best Coast, the Like, and maybe even Jenny and Johnny, this Sacramento outfit also leans heavily into the land of shoegaze via “Closer to Me”, “Last Time”, and “No Sanctuary”. It’s in those moments that vocalist Katie Haley sounds best and where the music seems to best accentuate her talents. The more strictly pop-oriented numbers, “When Will You Come Home”, “Something to Go On” and “It’s Right” (Rilo Kiley, anyone?) are charming enough to recommend. Rounded out by drummer Ross Levine, bassist Mason Demusey and guitarist Matt Levine, Soft Science has the potential to become one of the great Left Coast power pop bands.


Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as and

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