After spending much of the latter half of 2021 focusing on his band Lovejoy, Wilbur Soot is back with his latest solo single, “Soft Boy.” The song is the Twitch gamer-turned-musician’s first release since 2021’s “Maybe I Was Boring,” and after waiting nearly a year in anticipation, fans sent “Soft Boy” straight into the upper reaches of the Genius Top Songs chart. Soot considers “Soft Boy” the sequel to his biggest hit to date, 2021’s “Your New Boyfriend.” That song has amassed over 172 million Spotify streams, so naturally, making its follow-up created a bit of pressure. “‘Your New Boyfriend’ was my magnum opus. I don’t think I could do anything better,” Soot explained in a Twitch stream. “So it’s like, making ‘Soft Boy’ … It’s scary, you know? It’s terrifying.”
On the chorus, Soot starts his campaign against being called a “soft boy,” a term given to seemingly sensitive young men who wind up being just as bad as the more blatantly toxic “fuck boys” they claim to disdain. For one, he’s not wearing an ahegao hoodie, or a trendy style of sweatshirt among soft boys covered in close-up images of hentai characters’ faces.