Soft Spots, LP | Adult Mom | 2017
by Sydney Slavin
Driving to work on a cooler than normal morning, I pull up Soft Spots, the most recent album released by Adult Mom. The first song, Ephermeralness,begins and I immediately travel through my own past relationships. It can be hard to relive these past relationships, but hearing Steph Knipe sing about the intimate feelings that are shared between partners in a pure, silky voice leaves me feeling somewhat melancholic, as the weather outside agrees and it begins to drizzle.
The next track kicks off, this time more upbeat and I find myself jamming along as Knipe asks some difficult questions about her own past relations, and I ask them myself. Every song has away of pulling a specific feeling or intimate memory of a past relationship, or the aftermath of one, and laying it out for the world to listen. Each lyric is raw and powerful; a map into the highs and lows of relationships and the effects that they can cause. One particular track, Same, jumps out to me, explaining this very phenomenon; “And you took a hard squeeze/at the soft spots of my body/and these spots will remain/touched in vain.” It’s strong lyrics like this remind me of how similar each human being can experience pain and love, and how we carry these past relationships with us wherever we go. At the same time, Adult Mom shows us how important and healthy it is to process these emotions so that we can all find our own form of closure.