After the release of 2010’s Wildspace (Friends Records), a darkened, dreamy collection of songs inspired by the thriving wilderness located in urban settings, Neil Sanzgiri took a year away from music to finish up his fine arts degree in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. What started as bedroom a recording project grew into a baroque ensemble consisting of horns, flutes, cello, violin, banjo, classical and electric guitar. For the majority of Soft Cat’s early existence it was rare to see them perform anything but acoustic, playing anywhere from farms and backyards to living rooms and art galleries.
In February of 2013, Soft Cat returns with Lost No Labor, an EP that marks a step forward in Soft Cat’s sound pushing the delicateness of arrangements and the richness of tones to a much more mature level. With the live formation constantly rotating from members traveling inbetween cities, Soft Cat at its core has become Neil Sanzgiri, Kate Barutha and Brendan Sullivan and features members of other Baltimore bands such as Secret Mountains, Strange Fur, Wing Dam, and Weekends. Lost No Labor attests to the band’s scale and warmth and marks and shows a steady progression towards a new full length.
Their microshow is no exception. They came together last month to play a breathtaking and moving show for all of Baltimore to hear. Neil is a serious songwriter here in Baltimore and we can’t wait to see what else he has to offer.
Recorded on September 13, 2012 at Mobtown Studios
Guitar and vocals by Neil Sanzgiri
Guitar and drums by Brendan Sullivan
Vocals and cello by Kate Barutha
Violin by Evan Merkel
Bass by Austin Tally
Produced by Mat Leffler-Schulman
Artwork by David Manchester