Feature: The Ingredients of Late Bloomer with Soft Streak

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Photo by Shannon Moss
LA-based duo Soft Streak are kicking their year off in style — along with the release of their majestic EP Late Bloomer, their also set to appear at SXSW next month! Learn more about the things that inspired them the most whilst creating their EP.

We really love watching movies and Tori keeps sort of obsessive lists about films (and books) she has watched and wants to watch. The films we watch often influence our soundscapes and writing.  Last year, Tori was particularly influenced by the film Victoria, starring Laia Costa and wrote the song 'Ride' after watching it.

We truly enjoy eating and love the food in LA. There is so much good food to eat around the city, it is sometimes hard to keep up. We took many food breaks during our sessions for this project. These are some of our favourite regular meals to stay full and inspired-

Korean bone broth soup from Han Bat Sul Lung Tang
Breakfast burritos from Tacos Villa Corona
Spicy salmon bowl from Yuko Kitchen
Anything from Palms Thai

Tori had a goal last year to read 50 books - and though it came down to the wire, thankfully she was able to squeeze in the last couple books to reach her goal in December. We try to read a lot - it gives us new ideas, and is a source of comfort and escape when we’re too in our heads creating. Some of our favorite books that we read during this project were:

The Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante, Sex & Rage by Eve Babitz, How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan, Normal People and Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz, Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose, The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, Arbitrary Stupid Goal by Tamara Shopsin and The Idiot by Elif Batuman (we could go on and on).

We try and listen to as much music as we can to stay inspired. Here are a few songs we were obsessed with this past year while making the EP (some of which are from soundtracks to a few of our favorite films of the last couple years)

'House of Woodcock' - Johnny Greenwood
'Moon River' - Frank Ocean
'Wild' - Molly Burch
'goodnight n go' - Ariana Grande
'Hallelujah Junction' - 1st Movement - John Adams
'Saw You in a Dream' - Japanese House
'Motion Sickness' - Phoebe Bridgers

Los Angeles:
LA is a great place and a constant source of inspiration for us. The city can be quite hard to navigate at first, but once you’ve spent a little time here or have the right tour guide, you’ll find that there is an incredible unending supply of the amazing music, art, film and food. We also really love our friends and community here and they are a wonderful source of support and motivation.

You can listen to Late Bloomer by Soft Streak below: