Having changed their band names, all attending high school together and combining projects which date back to 2009, the current members of Sydney, Australian band Slow Culture, debuts their EP under the same name Slow Culture. The short four-song collection boasts highly creative work across multiple genres – including jazz, psychedelic and alternative rock – rich with ambient tones and captivating melodies. The quartet consists of Jack O’Neale on vocals and guitar, Ben Grover on drums, Leon Moore on guitar and Payton Ellis on synth and bass. More about the band can be found on their social media sites – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
“Idle Motion” begins with mysterious sounds on the synth, a frenzied jumpy beat and fantastically fresh sounds and arrangements, the likes of which left me speechless. Just after this one song, my mind was made up to click follow on Bandcamp to add them to my collection. Moving on to “Pig” - it has a smooth, cool and jazzy feel with plenty of rich ambient textures. Then about three-quarters in, the band gets heavy and explosive with alternative rock grooves, and then back to the jazz groove to end this fabulously dynamic song.
“A Wheelbarrow (Come This Way)” feels like it’s one-part Sting from his Dream of the Blue Turtles album and one-part Marvin Gaye from What’s Going On. Maybe it’s the added wind instrument, I think it’s a clarinet, and children’s voices that did it for me. Anyway, this one’s an instrumental and one not to be missed if you enjoy songs without words.
The final song “Drawn” has a dreamy, ethereal feel with a mellow drum beat and gentle rhythmic guitars. Its style makes me want to be lazing on the sand beside an ocean. Midway, the band soars to psychedelic levels among heavier alternative rock sounds, and then breaks it up into this Pink Floyd styled song in the end. Seriously people, I was floored by this band – I mean, I absolutely loved everything about Slow Culture and how each song on their debut was unique in its own way. Their videos on YouTube are pretty stellar, too – check them out. I hope to see more from this Sydney band very soon.
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