Possession Records release the new album by Soft Riot, entitled The Outsider In The Mirrors. Soft Riot is the stylised musical alter-ego of JJD, Canadian by birth and an ex-resident of London and Sheffield, now based in Glasgow (so not unfamiliar with sites of post-industrial decay!). With over twenty years of playing in various post-punk and synth-punk bands, he has been crafting the sound of Soft Riot since the early turn of the decade, releasing a slew of albums across a multitude of labels and touring obsessively around Europe and beyond. With The Outsider In The Mirrors, his sixth full-length, he has found a new home for his sound on Possession Records, a fledgling Glasgow imprint founded by JJD, Claudia Nova (aka Hausfrau) and Andy Brown (Ubre Blanca). The album is a consolidation of all the stylistic elements Soft Riot has pursued in the past; the manic propulsive energy of Waiting For Something Terrible To Happen, the infectious, off-kilter dynamics of opener The Eyes On The Walls and the pulsing, elegiac synth washes of The Saddest Music In The World. Throughout the album Soft Riot fuses his maximalist sonic palette with a sharp-edged sense of post-punk anxiety, unique synth interplay and brooding, claustrophobic new-wave dread. Comparisons to musical kindred spirits like John Foxx, DAF, early Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget and Virgin-era Cabaret Voltaire would be analogous, but JJD is defiantly fusing these basic references into something highly idiosyncratic and personal.
CD - Housed in full-colour Digipak sleeve with 6panel trifold insert.
LP - Full colour sleeve, 180 Gram vinyl, full colour insert plus Download.