In her debut EP, Soffee presents four intriguing but somewhat detached from each other tracks. Trying out different soundscapes and themes, the rookie singer-songwriter is trying to find the style which suits her best. Even though her music is soft, it has a certain dark, sweeping depth to it. The Motive is an interesting debut, which showcases Soffee’s undeniable talent and potential to grow into a great artist.

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The EP opens with “The tv is too loud,” a sleepy track with dispassionate vocals, which sounds like a noir movie soundtrack. If anything, the song is a showcase of the great amount of effort Soffee puts into her music. Be it the complex instrumentals or thoughtful lyrics, her potential, and hard work shine through all of it.

Random sounds and added embellishments present throughout the song reveal the influence of The Black Skirts, who seem to be a big inspiration for her and whose music she often covers on her YouTube channel.

The next track, “The spring only I know” is a slow and vibrant ballad. With truly remarkable production, Soffee manages to conjure impressive depth of feeling, even though the song doesn’t seem obviously sad at first. The vocals and mood change throughout the song, going from detached to ethereal, sweeping sounds. She fully achieves the depth of expression she’s striving for all throughout the EP.

“Where are you (rainstorm ver.)” considerably cuts down on the production, bringing the simple, breathy vocals into focus. Singing about lost love, Soffee creates an intimate and relaxing vibe.

“To my world” is a bit more dreamy and whimsical from the previous tracks. With references to famous dreamers like Peter Pan or Alice, Soffee invites us to come to the world of her imagination. An interesting choice for the last song of the EP, as it seems more like a beginning of a journey, not the end. However, it is clear from the beginning that this EP is four separate songs which are not overtly connected.

In The Motive, Soffee offers interesting soundscapes and is not afraid to try new things. All four tracks are engaging, however the complicated emotions depicted in the lyrics at moments seem to be based mostly on the singer’s imagination, not her actual experiences. As this is her first EP, I’m sure this aspect will only improve with each new release. Soffee seems to have a set direction in mind and shows enough potential to follow it.

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Edinburgh local with affinity for sad indie music and sunny places.