Kentucky post-hardcore outfit Softspoken have announced their debut EP Pathways (prod. by Cameron Mizell) will be released on March 17th. The 5-song EP discusses challenges that many individuals face including addiction and mental illness – as mentioned by the band:
“We want our music to be thought and emotion provoking and therapeutic. We’re doing this music as a form of healing for ourselves and we also think and hope that people out there listening to it can find a similar source of vitality from it as well.”
Take a listen to the debut single off the EP, “Wanderer” which came at a time when the band was traveling from their hometown to Arizona where they recorded the EP. The place where they stayed during the recording had a lot of homeless roaming around. The band, feeling a bit like outsiders, in a new place for the first time, the band realized that most individuals are transplants from other places. They observed the individuals around them, even without knowing their life stories, but understanding that something in their lives caused them to move, and to end up in the same place they were. The song is really a look at those that were struggling around them, that no matter good or bad everyone is in the middle of their journeys, everyone is a wanderer. The band expands on this concept:
Wanderer, is really about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes who’s struggling to meet their needs; who’s fighting or running from a problem; who’s struggled and given up, or been given up on, etc. and trying to see the world from their eyes and see that we’re all people and we’re all connected.