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Soft Speaker

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Location:Chicago, Illinois
Year(s):2008
Categorized as:Rock, Pop
Members:Joe Daley : Drums, Blair Douglass : Electric Bass Guitar, Paul Foreman : Guitar, Vocals, Synths/Organ, Nick Rocchio : Guitar, Vocals, Synths/Organ
Website:www.softspeaker.com
Total Request:4311 (3543 downloads, 768 plays)
Total Request:4311 (3543 downloads, 768 plays)
About:
Under duress from the USM (Unified Society of Milkmen), Joe Daley, Blair Douglass, Paul Foreman and Nick Rocchio shut down their independent milk delivery service in 1929. A smattering of unsuccessful business endeavors followed, until they discovered an undeniable chemistry blending raw fuzz guitars with lutes and clarinets. Although initially less lucrative than their previous endeavor, the band, who settled on the name Sanftsprecher (trans. “Soft Speaker”), were championed by Austria’s Chancellor Engelbert ...  read more

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SSPKR-020. Released 9/4/15. Engineered and mixed by Cooper Crain at Minbal (Chicago). Mastered by Saff Mastering (Chicago). Sleeve design by Hugo Trejo / Project Villain.  "Party Lights" was written by Claudine Clark.

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    Black Tea (mp3)
     
     
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    Party Lights (mp3)
     
     

 
 
32 requests

 

SSPKR-019.  Released 2/17/15.  Engineered and mixed by Cooper Crain at Minbal (Chicago).  Mastered by Saff Mastering (Chicago).  Sleeve design by Hugo Trejo / Project Villain.

1. A Fold In Midnight: Wherein a good sir researches, and ultimately begins practicing, the Egyptian art of mummification.

2. Mexican Sugar Skull: Wherein a good sir pines after a lady who spurns him in favor of an unsavory, older gentleman.

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    A Fold In Midnight (mastered - mp3)
     
     
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    Mexican Sugar Skull (mastered - mp3)
     
     

 
 
30 requests

 

SSPKR-016 Released June, 2014.  Recorded at Minbal in Chicago.  Spoken word vocal on Jackie Robinson by The Archivist.  Engineered and mixed by Cooper Crain.  Mastered by Carl Saff.  Graphic Design by Vishnu Boray.

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    01 Jackie Robinson_ A Man Of Talent _ A Man Of Courage
     
     
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    02 Glass Table
     
     

 
 
37 requests

 

SSPKR-015.  Released in December of 2013 as a digital download.  Features remixes of the song "Blown From The Road" by Cian Ciaran from Super Furry Animals and The Warmth.  Additional vocal on The Warmth remix by The Archivist.  Cover image used courtesy of the Semisynthetic Archiv.

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    Blown From The Road (Cian Ciaran Remix)
     
     
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    Blown From The Road (The Warmth Remix feat. The Archivist)
     
     

 
 
18 requests

 

SSPKR-013. Released in 2013 as a digital download.  Recorded at Minbal in Chicago. Engineered and mixed by Cooper Crain. Mastered by Carl Saff. Cover image used courtesy of the Semisynthetic Archiv.

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    Here's To Your Deathride
     
     

 
 
77 requests

 

SSPKR-012.  Released in 2013 on CD as a bonus EP to the Turkish Mindbathers album.  Recorded at Minbal in Chicago. Engineered and mixed by Cooper Crain. Mastered by Carl Saff.  Cover image used courtesy of the Semisynthetic Archiv.

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    Little Boysenberry Boys Sings "Bring Me Gilded Prostitutes"
     
     
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    Pacing Underneath The Moon
     
     
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    Boca Raton
     
     
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    Youth Of America
     
     

 
 
65 requests

 

SSPKR-011.  Released on CD and limited edition translucent pink vinyl.  Recorded at Minbal in Chicago.  Engineered and mixed by Cooper Crain.  Mastered by Carl Saff.

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    And One For Dollfuss
     
     
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    Blown From The Road
     
     
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    Expressions (For Men)
     
     
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    Showdown
     
     
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    Greenhouse Instance
     
     
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    I'll Tend Your Garden
     
     
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    Reach Inside The Pulsing Membrane
     
     
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    I Had No Preconceptions
     
     

 
 
133 requests

 2012, Edelweiss Grammofon,

The Jockey is a collection of 8 Soft Speaker songs reinterpreted by other artists, as well as one live-in-the-studio track that was recorded at Gallery of Carpet. Mastering by Carl Saff.  Arrtwork by Benji Peck.  All images courtesy of the Semisynthetic Arkiv.

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    Pagan Pastimes (d_rradio)
     
     
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    (He Wore A) Lion's Hide (Emperor Penguin)
     
     
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    The Great Brick Mosque & I (d_rradio)
     
     
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    Jeju Island (Bitchin' Bajas)
     
     
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    Fiend (d_rradio)
     
     
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    (He Wore A) Lion's Hide (Kingdom's Christian Soldiers)
     
     
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    Breathless (Fuxa)
     
     
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    P.E.P. (Live at Gallery of Carpet Recording)
     
     
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    Vortrobos (d_rradio)
     
     

 
 
99 requests

 2011, Edelweiss Grammofon,

Vortrobos, Soft Speaker's second full-length LP, was recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Zieske at Gallery of Carpet Recording in Villa Park, Illinois in 2011 and was released on November 8, 2011 on cd and as a digital download. The cover painting and layout was done by Jason Brammer. The discface was designed by Benji Peck for B Positive Studios (discface image courtesy of the Semisynthetic Arkiv). All songs written by Soft Speaker.

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    Fiend
     
     
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    Forty Acres Surrounded
     
     
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    Vortrobos
     
     
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    Jeju Island
     
     
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    A Troubled Summer
     
     
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    Ask The Guild
     
     
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    Breathless (In The Rain)
     
     
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    (He Wore A) Lion's Hide
     
     

 
 
131 requests

 2011,

I'll Tend Your Garden, Soft Speaker's first full-length LP, was recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Zieske at Gallery of Carpet Recording in Villa Park, Illinois throughout 2010 and was released on April 19, 2011 on cd and as a digital download. The artwork was designed by Brian Cannon of Microdot Creative. d_rradio contributed a remix of "Pagan Pastimes," which does not appear on the cd.  All songs were written by Soft Speaker.

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    Hawk Mountain Line
     
     
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    Three Beggars
     
     
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    The Man In The Smiling Bag
     
     
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    Find The Fountain
     
     
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    For A Handsome Price
     
     
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    Geronimo's Only Defense
     
     
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    Penny, Wait For Me
     
     
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    Felician Sisters Convent
     
     
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    Pagan Pastimes
     
     
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    Pagan Pastimes (d_rradio remix)
     
     

 
 
106 requests

 

Soft Speaker's third single, A Violent Parade, was released in July, 2010. Artwork was designed by Mark Milic of Modularlab. Both songs were recorded at the band's rehearsal space, mixed by Joe Cheesman and mastered by Carl Saff. To celebrate the release, "Grand Parade" and "Violently Shaking" were packaged along with the songs from their previous digital releases as a six-track singles collection. Fans in attendance at their July 10, 2010 Schubas show received beer mats featuring the Modularlab-designed artwork and a download code.

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    Grand Parade
     
     
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    Violently Shaking
     
     

 
 
297 requests

 2010,

Stranger In The Alps, Soft Speaker's second EP, was recorded at Phantom Manor and the band's rehearsal space throughout 2009 and was released on February 26, 2010 on limited edition cd and as a digital download.  It was mixed by TW Walsh and mastered by Carl Saff.  The artwork was designed by Mark Milic at Modularlab.  All songs were written by Nick Rocchio and Paul Foreman.

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    Tennyson Tea
     
     
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    I Stand To Lose My Fortune, Easy
     
     
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    Into The Fog
     
     
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    Marble Mask
     
     
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    Weathervane
     
     

 
 
118 requests

 

Soft Speaker's second single, Concerning Your Memoirs / Maybe Baby, was released in September, 2009 as a free digital download through the band's website.  Philadelphia-based artist, Ian Eckert, was commissioned to create an original pen and ink drawing for the sleeve.  Both songs were recorded live, with no overdubs, at Gallery of Carpet Recording in Villa Park, Illinois by Brian Zieske, who also handled mixing and mastering.  "Concerning Your Memoirs" was written by Paul Foreman and "Maybe Baby" is a Buddy Holly cover.

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    Concerning Your Memoirs
     
     
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    Maybe Baby
     
     

 
 
120 requests

 

Soft Speaker's first EP, Conditions, was released in April of 2009 on white vinyl (500 copies) and cd.  Philadelphia-based artist, Ian Eckert, was commissioned to create an original pencil and ink piece for the vinyl sleeve.  The band's bassist, Blair Douglass, designed an alternate sleeve for the cd version.  All songs were recorded at the band's rehearsal space in Chicago's West Loop, mixed by Darin Phillips and mastered by Carl Saff.  The cd version includes a bonus track, a remix of "The Great Brick Mosque & I," by the UK-based band d_rradio.  Gabriel Stutz contributed pedal steel to "Barbershop Quintet."  Writing credits are as follows:

Paul Foreman: Burden You, Barbershop Quintet, Danger Red & Breaking Bones

Nick Rocchio: Mercury Park & Don't Read The Rags

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    Mercury Park
     
     
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    Burden You
     
     
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    Barbershop Quintet
     
     
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    Danger Red
     
     
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    Don't Read The Rags
     
     
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    Breaking Bones
     
     
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    The Great Brick Mosque & I (d_rradio remix)
     
     

 
 
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Soft Speaker's debut single, The Great Brick Mosque & I / Effects Will Show Soon, was released in November of 2008 as a free digital download through the band's website with a limited number of cds also produced.  UK-based artist, Andy Council, contributed a painting for the sleeve.  Both songs were recorded at the band's rehearsal space in Chicago's West Loop, mixed by Darin Phillips and mastered by Carl Saff.  "Brick Mosque" was written by Paul Foreman and "Effects" by Nick Rocchio.  "Brick Mosque" was later remixed by the UK-based band d_rradio and included on the cd version of the band's Conditions EP.

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    The Great Brick Mosque & I
     
     
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    Effects Will Show Soon
     
     
 
 
  • Hey,
    Glad you like the art. Mark Milic of Modularlab (www.modularlab.com) did the Alps artwork. An artist from Philadelphia, Ian Eckert, did the Conditions and Memoirs/Maybe Baby sleeve.

    Paul
    by Paul Foreman on Feb 23, 2010
  • Holy Cow! Look at those album covers! Stranger in the Alps is so damn cool, who does your artwork?!
    by Kevin Fitzpatrick on Feb 23, 2010

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