For Fans Of: Low, Nick Drake, The Go-Betweens, Will Oldham.
Over the course of 10 years, 3 albums, countless months in the backs of vans throughout Europe and North America, the duo of Karl Smith and Pete Cohen have been progressively expanding the musical world of Sodastream from scratchy lo-fi and barely whispered mournful melancholy through to lush expansive pop with horn sections and singalongs.
But now they’re home, and settled, and on Reservations, their 4th album, a darkness has settled in. Karl Smith and Pete Cohen effortlessly jump from acoustic introspection and instrumentals to raucous singalong shanties without any hint of affectation. Even with the additions of horns, harmonicas, and the drums of Marty Brown (Art of Fighting and Clare Bowditch’s Feeding Set) on their studio albums, the core of their sound remains the same as it is live.
Sodastream’s previous albums, Looks Like A Russian, The Hill for Company and A Minor Revival, along with many EPs and live recordings, have been released throughout the world on some of the most renowned indie labels including Tugboat, Rough Trade, Drive-in Records and Acuarela Discos. Over the years they have played with and supported many of their heroes and musical legends, many of whom have been labelmates along the way.
They’ve shared stages with Low (at the Union Chapel), the Mountain Goats, Thalia Zedek (who collaborated on their last EP), Yo La Tengo, and Lambchop.
A love of Sodastream is never far away from being an obsession. More musically and lyrically assured than ever, Reservations takes you on a bittersweet journey, deep into the heart of what Pitchfork Media singled out as one of the most relevant Australian bands since the Go-Betweens.
1. Warm July
3. Twin Lakes
4. Tickets To The Fight
6. Michelle's Cabin
9. Don't Make A Scene
10. Young And Able