Some bands kick ass. Some bands play slow. Slow Dancers will kick your ass slowly.
This three-piece outfit from Winnipeg is a sonic glacier: majestic, huge, cool, unstoppable. The introspective voice and spartan guitar of songwriter Jesse Hill, the gravity of Mef’s inimitable bass, and the tidelike ebb and flow of Cole Woods’ drum work intertwine, creating airy yet rock-solid vistas of sound, punctuated with moments of startling intimacy and deep humanity. Slow Dancers combine the subtlety and force of slowcore giants like Red House Painters and Low with a reserved and resolute northern sensibility that could only come from the Canadian plains.
Slow Dancers’ debut full-length, Day After Rain, perfectly demonstrates just what a force of nature this band is. From the gradual dawning of the opener, “Last August’s Labour,” to the glorious climax of “Trembling Height,” this album unfolds as naturally and mysteriously as the seasons.
Day After Rain, featuring the baritone guitar and backing vocals of iconic Canadian musician Greg Macpherson, steadfastly defies the conventions of rock music, engaging listeners through subtle theme and variation, careful gradations of volume and tone, slow times and big spaces, immaculately caught and preserved by award-winning engineer Cam Loeppky