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  • Soft Hair is a collaboration between New Zealand psych artist Connan Mockasin and British pop outsider Sam Dust. The two friends first met when Dust's previous band, Late of the Pier, supported Mockasin on a 2009 tour, prompting what would turn out to be a four-year, part-time studio venture. In the intervening years, Dust -- formerly known by his given surname, Sam Eastgate -- reinvented himself as LA Priest, a proprietor of slinky, synth-based art pop. Meanwhile, Mockasin maintained a healthy solo career, releasing a pair of his own albums and touring in Charlotte Gainsbourg's live band. Finally revealing Soft Hair's glowing mane in 2016, the two pals led off with "Lying Has to Stop," a neon slow jam bubbling with husky soul weirdness and bearing an album cover depicting a cinnamon-hued Mockasin and Dust as Adam & Adam complete with yellow boa constrictor and green apple. For listeners wondering what the rest of their eponymous debut album sounds like, simply gaze at the cover. Soft Hair tread a dimly lit middle ground of fine-tuned aural pleasure that veers off into entertaining lite funk tangents replete with Prince-inspired falsettos and pillow-talking sensuality. Both musicians have already proven themselves to be inventive in their craft, and together their exploratory studio acumen comes to the fore on this debut. ~ Timothy Monger
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NME (Magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Loungey opening pair `Relaxed Lizard' and `Jealous Lies' initiate a deep, watery groove and introduce Mockasin's feline mewl and Eastgate's deeper vocal."

Clash (magazine) - "[I]t's when we get to the core songs here that the album actually becomes insightful and even inspiring. `Lying Has To Stop' and `Jealous Lies' are floor-killers with Mockasin and Eastgate's respective voices lending the cuts terrific character."
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