American Wolf drifts into dreams with a brand new shimmering, 80s-inspired single: “Softcore Drama”.
Chicago bedroom producer Sal Plant is back with another dreamy chillwave tune as American Wolf. Originally a 5-piece, American Wolf became Plant’s solo project in 2015; he single-handedly wrote, recorded, mixed, and produced his 2019 singles “Growing Pains” and “Not My Life.” In a turn of events, “Softcore Drama” was written in collaboration with drummer Joe Sherman, a member of the original American Wolf lineup.
The track was recorded exclusively on analog synthesizers and features a vintage 1980s Roland TR-505 drum machine, lending to its lush, layered, and shimmering sound. It takes multiple listens to pick apart the individual tones and melodies, creating a different listening experience every time the listener presses “play.”
The song begins nearly at full force, already amid a field of complex and layered synth harmonies. The drums kick in after a few seconds of lead-in, bringing a bit of a harsh edge to the sweet and soaring synth backdrop. The lyrics add depth and warmth to the floaty chillwave sound; Plant hits a high, Neon Indian-like register with plenty of reverb to convey his dreamy message:
American Wolf plans to put out an EP sometime in the near future. Until then, enjoy “Softcore Drama” below.