*soft vowel sounds* is the latest solo musical project from former Bitesize guitarist/singer/principal songwriter Julia Serano. so what, pray tell, does it sound like? quirky noise-pop? high fidelity lo-fi? bedroom music for people who sometimes leave their bedrooms? just listen for yourself. . .
hey, new songs are in the works, and there will likely be a new *soft vowel sounds* release before the end of 2018! In the meantime, come see me play live:
August 29, 2018 -- *soft vowel sounds* will be playing a “Quirky Queer Bands” show at at Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk Street, San Francisco). The other bands will be Polythene Pam and Scorpio Moon. Doors at 8:30pm, $7 cover, must be 21+, more details here and in the Facebook invite.
SAVE THE DATES: additional *soft vowel sounds* SF Bay Area shows are scheduled for October 17th and November 17th - more details to come! If you want to receive updates about upcoming shows and new releases, sign up for the *soft vowel sounds* email list and receive a free mp3 with each update!
The first *soft vowel sounds* record is called Ray versus Macbeth and the Music Box, part one. Classic rock aficionados may recognize that the title and cover art reference the 1970 The Kinks’ album that introduced the world to the eventual hit song “Lola” -- the *soft vowel sound* song “Ray” is a charming contemporary musical parody of “Lola” written from a decidedly different perspective. Ray versus. . . also contains three other ditties: “Music Box,” “Open Letter,” and “Macbeth.”
Learn more about the record on the official Ray versus... webpage. you can listen to & download the record at the *svs* Bandcamp site and other music retailers (see sidebar). and here are videos for three songs from the record:
“Open Letter” is a “coming out” song that was originally written for my previous band Bitesize, although we never formally recorded it. here is the *svs* version:
here is a lyric-driven video for my “Lola”-parody “Ray”:
here is the video for “Music Box” -- it is about being a third wheel and it appropriately takes place inside of a vehicle:
I often close my *svs* sets with a rendition of the Bitesize favorite “I Killed Sting” -- here is a video for that song as well: