Soma World’s atmospheric first single certainly sounds like the otherworldly soundtrack to a deep dark slumber.
Slow-burning wonder ‘Strange Dreams’ is a cinematic slice of electronic pop created on an LA road trip – its ambient textures, sleepily drawled boy-girl harmonies and hypnotic beat recalling Massive Attack’s Luther theme ‘Paradise Circus’.
With a four-track EP in the pipeline for the Margate-based trio, we spoke to Soma World to dig a little deeper.
‘Strange Dreams’ is stunning. How did the track come about?
“Thank you. It was written and recorded in one evening, around the loss of a friend.”
How did Soma World start out?
“We wanted to make music to drive to at night, and it just sort of progressed from there.”
What inspired your name?
“Soma is the name of the ‘Ideal Pleasure Drug’ in Brave New World. It represents a way to escape pain and discomfort and to enhance joy and an overall sense of well being.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Check out our Spotify playlist ‘Late Night Swimming’, it’s all we’re listening to at the moment. John Maus, 10cc and most of Johnny Jewel’s various incarnations are on heavy rotation.”
Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?
And finally, what does 2018 hold for Soma World?
“We plan to self-release an EP on our label Reptile Club and see what happens from there.”