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Soft Top - Runaway

Creatively spearheaded by keyboardist/vocalist Miles Goodall, and featuring musicians/producers of beloved Brighton acts like Hutch, Ideal Living and TINMAN in its seven-piece ensemble - SoftTop’s sophomore single is dazzlingly ambitious in scope, in spite of the band’s knowingly humble appearances. Mingling the melodic sensuousness of a Matt Maltese ballad with fluorescent arrangements of Grizzly Bear, layer after orchestral layer build themselves upon intimate R & B-tinged melody before exploding into the sonorous riches of massed vocal harmonies, cascading drums and gut-wrenching emotion. Forming part of as-yet-unreleased wider project based around life and events inside a strange, imaginary comatose world - inspired by a near death experience Goodall had when an out of control car narrowly missed him in London - this latest teaser is, at its root, a good ol’ fashioned break-up song, as the lead vocalist himself explains:

‘Runaway’ is an honest and painful cry out expressing the loss of love when you lose someone who felt “like home” leaving you feeling lost; “a runaway”. Musically, elements of the band's eclectic influences filter through the track, particularly Andy Shauf, the Beatles, the latest Arctic Monkeys offerings and Matt Maltese.’

Forming only in March 2023, Softtop have already sold out local venues Green Door Store and Folklore Rooms, played a pair of headlines at Guildford’s Boiler Room, and took the lead in bringing together the Brighton music scene for a charity day-festival Mumfest, raising money for the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool after Goodall’s mother was diagnosed and treated for Pancreatic cancer there. A product of the collaborative and nurturing Brighton alternative music scene, SoftTop’s latest release provides yet another insight - if any more was needed - into the innumerable wealth of musical talent currently emerging from this prolific seaside city.