Slow Buildings is one band from New Jersey that over the last three years or so have released a good amount of music. The group is not only prolific but they are remarkably consistent in that they just release great tunes. I’ve loved all the releases I’ve heard from them and the latest entitled Dereliction is no exception. The artist mentions the EP “is about dereliction of duty, relationships and responsibilities, but it is not preachy, instead offering levity, empathy, and new perspectives.”
Musically, we are listening to catchy, infectious yet technically impressive indie pop gems. I’ve mentioned The Shins in the past which I still hear in their music but also the band Of Montreal came to mind as well and also Pavement.
The EP begins with “Fruit” which is a solid opener. You’re greeted with jangly guitar chords and a dynamic rhythm section. The song moves quickly and transitions come and go but everything feels fluid and novel.
“Too Monkey” might be even better. The vocal melodies were memorable but those transitions were so on point. It didn’t feel like showing off but it just added to the song. The next song “Your Muse is Problematic” (actually Weezer came to mind on this song) is more melodic and the vocal harmonies had a Rivers Cuomo feel. The chorus is really great.
There is more aggression and punk rock attitude in the spirit of The Pixies on “Dead from a Distance” while “Rest and Recovery” sounds a bit like the title. The EP ends with “So Long” and is an arguable highlight amongst highlights. It’s upbeat and I thought the vocals had a a sing-along type quality.
Slow Buildings is unequivocally one of the best indie bands out there that you might not be aware of. Highly recommended.
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