Throughout the oppressive heat and pyretic summer air of 2016, Soft Lions – Megan Liscomb, Ana Ramundo, Jon Bonser – have been providing an electric oasis of dynamic vocals and heavy, noir-like instrumentation. The band has been leaving tyrannosaurus-sized footprints all over San Diego this year, from scorching the decks at Shaper Studios to pounding the pavement at Soda Bar, so it’s not much of a surprise that Soft Lions dropped the hypnotically visceral “Run In Dreams” last week.
The song draws long, incorporeal shadows. Wades through strange currents. Plunges its oars in long-forgotten memories. And yet “Run In Dreams” is also confidently joyous; the track gleefully boots rocks on its way down unexplored brick roads. Unafraid, unencumbered, accepting of all things experienced.
While Megan Liscomb’s vocals have always been a textured, powerful, and expressive vehicle for declarations of dissonance and hope, the musician manages to even reach further down with “Run In Dreams”. She paints the corners expertly, bringing fury, subdued vulnerability, and roaring conviction.
Here is a song that is the perfect punctuation on a hot, busy summer for Soft Lions: striking visuals, dizzying compositions, and immovable ability. This is a great primer for XOXO, the band’s upcoming EP, and a fantastic way to say goodbye to the waning days of an exceptionally hot SD heatwave.