*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 in 2019! In the meantime, come see me play live - here are my next two shows:
Saturday May 18, 2019 -- *soft vowel sounds* will be playing at White Horse Bar (6551 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA). The other bands will be Polythene Pam and Forgetmenauts. Show at 6pm, more details here.
Saturday June 1, 2019 -- *soft vowel sounds* will perform a short set at the Santa Cruz 26th Annual DYKE TRANS March. The event will be 1 - 5pm at The Clock Tower (Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz); I will be going on right around 3pm, more details via that link.
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The latest *soft vowel sounds* release is “Cisgender” -- a live recording of a 1970s classic rock hit, albeit with the lyrics “trans-ed” (for reasons explained in the video; the song-proper starts at about 1:40 in).
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: