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(2003 – present)

“Musically, we don’t know what the end destination is, and I like it that way. Whatever we’ve created, it wasn’t by accident, but it certainly wasn’t on purpose. For me that makes music honest,” says Ron Fountenberry, the principal songwriter and unofficial captain of the good ship that is the Softlightes.

Without digging too far back, the Softlightes story begins (roughly) in 2003, when Fountenberry and bassist Kristian Dunn’s previous project, the electro pop group The Incredible Moses Leroy, had caught the ear of one Mr. Cody Chesnutt. Or was it the other way around?

“I remember seeing a four star review of Cody’s album in Rolling Stone and thinking to myself ‘It’s not that often that a black artist who isn’t doing a straight r&b thing gets that kind of attention,’” remembers Fountenberry.

Meanwhile, up the California coast in Los Angeles, Moses’ first album Electric Pocket Radio (E.P.R.) was becoming very popular at the rising star’s house. From there came a string of connections between Moses’ and Cody’s management. Before long, Cody took the band on tour with him for a string of sold-out club shows. “He and his management were always promoting us to other musicians and people in the industry,” says Dunn appreciatively. One of those people happened to be Modular Recordings impresario Steve Pavlovic. He immediately took a shining to the radiant pop that Moses were creating after hearing a copy of E.P.R. passed to him by Cody’s Australian tour manager.

After releasing two buzz-garnering albums and working with acclaimed producers and musicians such as Joey Waronker (Beck) and Keith Cleverlsly (the Flaming Lips, Spiritualized), Moses disbanded and Fountenberry and Dunn and started up the “idea of the Softlightes” in the fall of 2004.

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  • roflsheep

    :))))

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • yu-jin225

    :) from japan

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • fridaysongs

    new album, please <3

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • CharlesWebster

    i feel like this is one of those bands that a lot of people would like if they could just hear them [3]

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • EricGangStarr

    !!

    14 Sep 2010 Reply
  • reganovich

    Great band, backhanded compliment but they could be the next semisonic if people heard them

    30 Aug 2010 Reply
  • puntoenepunto

    i feel like this is one of those bands that a lot of people would like if they could just hear them [2]

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • KSK0317

    very soft. very lovely veryyyyyyyyyy good.

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • High_Impact

    does anyone know where i can get some of the mp3s other than microwave song and heart made of sound?

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    joyful album

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • CampinCalv777

    Check Em Out On http://tooroads.blogspot.com/

    9 Jan 2010 Reply
  • s0faking

    I'm in love with Ron and his beats and non-perscipt glasses. the next best thing to hit up all house holds!

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
  • sanderfennema

    Makes me think about Death Cab For Cutie

    22 Jul 2009 Reply
  • rootvalue

    I'm making them a Wikipedia article today, and according to their official MySpace page, as well as many other pages that refer to them, the band is without a 'The', just 'SoftLightes'. Without sources [because just having a list of people wish it were a way isn't really citable] it is going to be Softlightes. Look forward to the wiki in the near future and, because I'm not the best Wikipedian, feel free to make a few changes AS LONG AS YOU CITE YOUR SOURCES. I don't want to do all this hard work, digging up info on them, to have it ruined by some person with a thought bubble come in and scribble sharpie all over the moderately beautiful written article in pen in cursive. Haha, okay I'm dramatic. Anyway, hello!

    25 May 2009 Reply
  • izak_90

    maybe it's too late, but i have whole album ;)

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • wtfzorz

    i feel like this is one of those bands that a lot of people would like if they could just hear them

    24 Aug 2008 Reply
  • typemonkey

    exceptional...pure ear candy.

    4 Aug 2008 Reply
  • tredirntte

    nice nice

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • brdrdude999

    wasn't it originally soft.lightes also?

    10 Jun 2008 Reply
  • sonofhal

    Surely it's just Softlightes. Album covers don't lie.

    22 May 2008 Reply
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