Lavender Blush – ‘My Pal K’

lavender-blush-ep

Lavender Blush rock the analog DIY sound on ‘My Pal K’. The San Francisco-based project is helmed by Ryan Lescure (of Moonbeams, LSD and the Search for God and My Red Dress).’My Pal K’ is an understated lo-fi gem, with a “don’t give a damn” sound and stand-out crooning vocals. It’s been fun listening to Lavender Blush push the boundaries with their first handful of songs, and this one’s a winner. Pick up the ‘Lavender Blush’ EP now via Blue Aurora Audio.

 
Lavender Blush – ‘My Pal K’

Visit Lavender Blush @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Ceremony’s ‘Distance’ Now On Limited Vinyl

ceremony-distance-LP-art

Ceremony‘s much loved album ‘Distance’ (released back in 2013 by Moon Sounds) has been given the vinyl treatment – better late than never! Already at cult status among noise rock fans, the album marked Ceremony’s transition to being the solo project of John Fedowitz. Regular readers know all about it, but for those that don’t, John was a former member of Skywave, A Virginia rock trio with Oliver Ackermann (A Place To Bury Strangers) and Paul Baker (Static Daydream). The lo-fi chaos of ‘Distance’ sounds just as great as you can imagine on wax! Ceremony’s ‘Distance’ is available now on limited blue vinyl through Blue Aurora Audio.

 
Ceremony – ‘Distance’ [Album Stream]

Visit Ceremony @ Blue Aurora Audio @ Facebook.

Slowness – ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’

slowness-how to keep from falling off a mountain-artwork

June 3 marks the release of ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’, the second album from Slowness (out through Blue Aurora Audio on vinyl/digital). The LP benefits from some high profile production talent, including producer Monte Vallier (Wax Idols, The Soft Moon, Weekend) plus Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low) on mastering. It sounds great but isn’t over baked! Founding members Julie Lynn (bass/keys/vocals) and Geoffrey Scott (guitar/keys/vocals) are joined by a host of other musicians on the album. Enough of the preamble, let’s get stuck in.

 

Lead single ‘Mountain’ opens the album and unsurprisingly, it’s one of the strongest tracks. While ‘Division’ follows a light groove and highlights the beautiful vocal harmonies, a delight throughout the LP. It’s perhaps the most conventional song on the album, from this point Slowness start their exploration. Taking queues from classic prog rock, psych and dream pop but not sitting firmly in any particular camp. ‘Anon’ could’ve been written in the 60s or 70s, if it had, Pink Floyd would’ve been fans. This is trippy stuff! ‘Anon (Part II)’ is the most concise but there’s plenty of indulgent moments, or minutes (is more accurate). Which is intentional however it will eliminate casual listeners and be too slow moving for some (excuse the pun).

Slowness have distilled their dreamy psych pop powers into a hypnotic concoction that’s thoughtful, meditative and wholly intoxicating. It’s not a quick fix, this is a mature record but it’s worth the trip. Perfectly suited to a smoke filled room! *wink*

Visit Slowness & shop for ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’ online @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Slowness - 'How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain'
Songwriting
Sound & Production
Reverb Rating
PRO'S
  • Beautiful vocal harmonies
  • Great production
  • Perfect for late night sessions!
CON'S
  • May be too indulgent for some
3.7Overall Score
Reader Rating: (10 Votes)

Slowness – ‘Mountain’

slowness-how to keep from falling off a mountain-artwork

Exciting news from Slowness, the San Francisco collective will deliver their second album ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’ on June 3 via Blue Aurora Audio (pre-order vinyl / digital)! Take a listen to the impressive opener ‘Mountain’, a mix of dream pop and progressive psych. Slowness recruited  Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon, Wax Idols) and Geoffrey Scott to produce and record, with mastering duties handled by Mark Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low). The group was founded by Julie Lynn and Geoffrey Scott in 2008 which has since grown into a four piece with a host of additional collaborators. Slowness went on to release an EP and their debut album ‘For Those Who Wish To See The Glass Half Full’ in March 2013.

 
Slowness – ‘Mountain’

Visit Slowness online @ Bandcamp @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

Slowness – 'Day For Night'

On February 12, San Francisco’s Slowness release their debut LP ‘For Those Who Wish To See The Glass Half Full’ through Blue Aurora Audio (pre-order vinyl here). The trio create droney indie pop/rock, check out the opening track ‘Day For Night’ below. Slowness have been honing their sound since forming five years ago, releasing their first EP ‘Hopeless But Otherwise’ in 2010. Stream the new album over at Soundcloud.

 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Visit Slowness online @ Bandcamp @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.