The Soft Cavalry

The Soft Cavalry - The Soft Cavalry
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #369 / 757
User Score
Based on 113 ratings
2019 Ratings: #799
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July 5, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bella Union / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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God Is in the TV

This debut is surely one for the books. Not a bad track in the lot and it really begs for repeat listening as the textures reveal something new at every play.

Spill Magazine

Steve’s talent for writing along with the harmonies they lay out, and the immaculate instrumentation and production make this such an amazing auditory journey.

The Line of Best Fit

The Soft Cavalry wrestles with heavier feelings and flirts with lighter ones.

The Skinny

As The Soft Cavalry, Steve Clarke and Slowdive's Rachel Goswell present a highly-textured and intricate album that tackles the paradoxes of adulthood.


The album as a whole is smooth, straightforward, and well-ordered, and bears lyrics that are an ode to both Goswell’s and Clarke’s musical genius.


Somewhere between shoegaze and synth-pop, tackling frustration, anxiety and confusion, this powerful debut shows it's never too late to follow your dreams.


There’s a pleasing weightlessness wending its way through The Soft Cavalry’s 12 tracks, alternately augmented and offset by Clarke’s lyrics, ranging from tender to grim to destructive.


The Soft Cavalry is the sound of Clarke coming into his own as a songwriter, enriched by Goswell's contributions.

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Very subtle and restrained but the approach grows on you - the style is sort of Slowdive meets Mark Hollis meets Steven Wilson I guess.
no parece brillar mucho la voz de Rachel, mas bien empuja el genero mismo que es Dream Pop y le da un sabor mas folk por la voz masculina, que en momentos por misma producción se torna ´´Triphop experimental´´ y pop, bastante disfrutable y muy buen backgrounding
this is a beautiful album full of heartfelt and majestic songs. it is heavy on the wistful and the dramatic, but the compositions are so well-balanced and thoughtful that it doesn't become cloying. it reaches some transcendent moments in the final third and is topped off nicely by the sweeping and cinematic "The Ever Turning Wheel". for me, Rachel Goswell's vocals could be more prominent, but that is a minor drawback since everything is fully realized here. I knew it would be good ... read more
I have not a lot to say about this record other than I find it enjoyable. There is a shoegaze/dream popishness to the recording overall. Sometimes I find that irritating. However, a track like 'Spiders' is pretty cool. Nice balance of nuanced embellishment, introspective lyrics, and dream pop/psychedelia musings. Clarke's vox is pleasant and the overall production value of this LP is equally pleasing. I'm guessing he is divorced from Rachel Goswell because of the lyrical storytelling which ... read more
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Year End Lists

#86/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Dive
  2. Bulletproof
  3. Passerby
  4. The Velvet Fog
  5. Never Be Without You
  6. Only in Dreams
  7. Careless Sun
  8. Spiders
  9. The Light That Shines on Everyone
  10. Home
  11. Mountains
  12. The Ever Turning Wheel
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Added on: April 16, 2019