Big thanks to my friend George of AWD Castles/PORTALS for showing me this one. His late night Soundcloud traverses led him to this and from there it found its way to me.
S/A/S/B/W/I or Soft As Snow But Warm Inside (taken from the My Bloody Valentine song of the same name) is a Japanese synth pop duo who has absolutely melted my heart with their track “When the Nightmare Ends”. As part of the Japanese net label Ano(t)racks’ massive 16-track compilation Upwards and Onwards, “When the Nightmare Ends” stood out to both George and myself as being one of the best tracks on the compilation.
“When the Nightmare Ends” is a faily simple little synth-pop number but it is gentle and endearing with a feeling that is very much appropriate when considering the duo’s name. The synths sound like falling snow and the vocal melody is sugary but warm in an almost timid sort of way. The band even finds a way to tuck a small joke/jab at dubstep into not only the lyrics but also the instrumentation itself. With only two tracks (and two remixes) to their name after a 9-month online presence, I can only hope that the duo is gearing up for a proper release. I’ll be patiently waiting either way.