New Artist Devon Thompson Releases Debut Single ‘Soft Like Water’

Former Manager and long time collaborator of Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Tones On Tail, Love And Rockets, Poptone), and executive producer of the 2009 New Tales To Tell: A Tribute To Love And Rockets album (featuring Puscifer, The Flaming Lips, Blaq Audio with album art by Shepard Fairey), industry veteran, Christopher The Minister, has found a new muse in the form of Devon Thompson, who channels Pj Harvey and The Cramps.

After just shy of two years of their working together comes the first release of 2023, Soft Like Water. The song was captured in a bare-bones recording environment, which was vital for harnessing the energy and raw emotion of the song.

‘Soft Like Water’ was recorded and produced by James Salter (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Ravonettes, Gringo Star) in a classic body shop in Ventura surrounded by motorcycles, vintage cars, parts and collectibles.  The drums were set up and mic’d under a vintage Porsche on a car rack, enabling Salter to capture a literal garage sound. Thompson’s power as a performer is showcased in her video that sees a woman refusing to be a doormat, to anyone, including herself.

“Soft Like Water is a seething, raw, and potent song about a re-discovery of one’s self after losing yourself to someone, and finding a new darker perspective to approach life.”~ Devon Thompson

“I knew after my first meeting with Devon, when she showed up wearing Doc Martens and a Siouxsie Sioux t-shirt, that I was all in on working together.” ~ Christopher The Minister

James Salter, Devon Thompson and Christopher The Minister

Devon was born in Los Angeles early this century, Devon Thompson comments that her earliest memory was punching through a pane of glass, to see if she could.  Quite successful in this venture, profuse amounts of blood, stitches, parental trauma, and slight fear of her next move meant performance art was already championed.  Growing up a pale, emaciated misfit, Devon found her home listening to music. A California child of the sun she was not meant to be.  Early Siouxsie, The Animals, The Cramps, Bill Evans and the Beatles permeated her developmental years.

By the age of 19 Devon had been playing Los Angeles clubs with her bands for many seasons.  Her recordings are thus far lingering with the Bel Canto of Roy Orbison, the delicacy of Harriett Wheeler and the sheer aggression of PJ Harvey.  Devon has trimmed her ensemble to the bare essentials for maximum impact.  Devoid of pre-records, and modern gimmicks, Devon keeps her songs and show brutally honest in delivery.  Bass, Drums and her library of beautiful Guitars allow Devon’s audience to witness the most delicate surgery to primordial amputation of sound in the same set.

Devon Thompson will be performing at SXSW and ‘Soft Like Water’ is available now on digital platforms.

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