Soft Play share emotional single ‘Everything and Nothing’


Heavy Jelly

Soft Play  who were formally known as Slaves have released an emotive single titled ‘Everything and Nothing‘. The track is the fourth single to be taken the duo’s new album ‘Heavy Jelly’ which is released 19th July.

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The tune is a contrast to the previous singles ‘Punk’s Dead‘, ‘Mirror Muscles‘ and ‘Act Violently‘. The feel of the track is underpinned by the emotive mandolin and violin melodies. At its core, it sees Holman take inspiration from the loss of one of his friends, and put forward a sense of vulnerability rarely seen by the duo. That being said, the band insist that it isn’t a token ballad on the LP, but rather some of their most raw, uncompromising and vulnerable work to date.

Holman explained the inspiration and process of writting the track:

I started writing the words in lockdown in the depths of a mental health breakdown. My good mate Bailey had just passed away, Laurie had not long lost his partner, Emma to cancer.

It was one thing after the next. I got to the line about Bailey and couldn’t for the life of me think of what to say next, so I left it where it was.

3 years later, I went round to Laurie’s and he had just got this mandolin, we laid down the instrumental and I remembered I had these words in the notes on my phone. Laurie asked me what it was about and I was having trouble explaining it, then he said ‘So it’s just like everything and nothing’. We demoed the tune and took it to the studio (lyrics still unfinished). During that stint, I kept seeing people that looked like Bailey, which unlocked the next line of the tune and allowed the rest to come out.’’

Vincent added:

These past few years have been really hard for so many people. The song and video encapsulate the journeys we’ve all been on: loss, love, rebirth, it’s the cycle of life. Raw pain and bitter beauty.

The track also comes alongside a music video that celebrates Bailey’s life.

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