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Listen: Blue Jean Committee (Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s Fake Band) - “Gentle and Soft”

Catalina Breeze EP Due Out November 20 via Drag City

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader have a fake classic 1970s soft rock band, Blue Jean Committee. They were the subject of the season finale of Armisen and Hader's new faux documentary show on IFC, Documentary Now! But next Friday (November 20) they are also releasing an actual seven song Catalina Breeze EP via Drag City. Today they have shared "Gentle and Soft" which sounds very... gentle and soft, and has lyrics about being, well... gentle and soft.

Here's how a Drag City press release describes the song:

"Ahhhhh. The feeling of a fresh cotton towel straight out of the dryer; draping your skin in warm and fluffy hug of fabric. Or maybe the soft touch of puffy kittens entangled in your arms? These simple feelings of pleasure and contentment are often hard to emulate...unless you're the Blue Jean Committee! The almost-otherworldly quality of the smooth-n silky vocal harmonies of softrock legends Clark Honus and Gene Allen possess an ability to instantly transport and relax your body and mind to a peaceful place.

And with the addition of the angelic voices provided by backup singers, 'Gentle and Soft' swaddles your ears with such velvety sounds, you'll need a cigarette after just one listen! NOTHING should be that soft."

Armisen was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly today about the song and had this to say about the song: "The main idea of the band was that they were gentle and soft, so I listened to SiriusXM's The Bridge a lot. Everyone is so smooth and gentle, and they play a lot of the band America and Seals and Crofts and bands like that. I wanted that sound, very smooth and purposefully soft sound that also works as rock. To me, that reminds me of California and the early '70s. So the best way to do it for us would be to just spell it out and call the song 'Gentle and Soft.'"



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