Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter, Fathoms album review on Slow Culture

ALBUM REVIEW #15 – Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter, Fathoms (jazz, out February 28th 2020)

Almost two years after the enchanting Case-fitter album, Chicago-based guitarist and composer Jeff Swanson comes back with Fathoms (BACE Records). In case you missed the aforementioned album, we’d advise you to listen to his versions of Graham’s before pursuing, it’s worth the half hour.

The notion of conversation is essential in Jeff Swanson’s compositional style, and Fathoms do not escape the rule, for the listener’s greatest pleasure. Gaussian, the first single (listen below) is a perfect illustration of that fact.

Be prepared: this album is heavier than what Jeff Swanson accustomed his audience to. Heavier, but also more colorful and nuanced. Let’s talk about it!

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Nick Dorian & Shibo - My Friend Dorian album review

ALBUM REVIEW #14 – Nick Dorian & Shibo, My Friend Dorian

Nick Dorian & Shibo join Jennah Barry on the list of the most moving albums we’ve listened to this last month. You get it: we loved it.

Based in Los Angeles, Nick Dorian delivers here an album that couldn’t be more coherent with the current zeitgeist. My Friend Dorian is the perfect starter kit for that friend who lost touch with music in general but wants to get back at it without browsing hours of videos on YouTube. Yup, we’ve all been in need of a reliable update.

Following that idea, My Friend Dorian proposes an inspired digest of the era, without any copycatting of any kind. This collaboration has the rare value of combining déjà-vu and genuine freshness.

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ALBUM REVIEW #13 – Jennah Barry, Holiday (March 2020)

From the presse release: “On the south shore of Nova Scotia, in a house she helped build, Jennah Barry wrote, arranged, and recorded the songs that comprise Holiday (via Forward Music Group). Holiday follows her first album, Young Men (listen here). Jennah collaborated with Colin Nealis, her “greatest musical partner”—and partner in life.”

This album is beaming with beautiful intimacy, sweetness and joy. Just as we said on Facebook: Jennah Barry’s Holiday is the warm Winter blanket you want to snuggle up with. Or the Spring sunrays you want to bathe in. The release date is March, but this review includes three songs (Roller Disco, The Real Moon and Pink Grey Blue) to keep your merry spirit on waiting.

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ALBUM REVIEW #11 – Full Body, Always There (Five Kill Records)

BIO: Full Body own their name. The Rochester, NY quartet play a robust breed of gangly rock music that lurches in the intersection between impatient slowcore, gnarled shoegaze, and noisy post-hardcore. The band introduced their dynamically sensitive appeal on their ambitious 2017 debut, What’s Good?, a record that threaded needly guitar licks through a thick fabric of bashing drums and distinctly scratchy vocals.

Once Always There hit our inbox, we did our homework. We have to admit that we weren’t too impressed with Full Body’s first tracks from What’s Good and Smart Martian. How times have changed! 

Don’t be scared by the rushed “noise rock” categorization, Full Body delivers here a palatable and digestive experience. Entrée, plat, dessert.

With Always There, Full Body succeeded in crafting tasty and relevant compositions for both newbies on the scene and seasoned musicians (and even technicians). The Rochester quartet only left us with one luxurious anxiety: the fear of musical abandonment in the future.

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ALBUM REVIEW #10 – Cat Casual & The Final Word, The Secret Self

BIO: An Okie by birth, William Benton (aka Cat Casual) spent many years making music in Louisville, Kentucky writing and performing with bands such as Bodyhammer, Tyrone, Lucky Pineapple, and The Phantom Family Halo.

Also, on his Facebook page, Benton claims to have attracted the favors of Tony Clifton as artistic director. We cannot not like that.

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Tony Clifton casually eating spaghetti

The Secret Self is out on Nov. 22 via sonaBLAST! and we can testify that this album has been (sound) designed for all major uses of modern life. Such uses include: making pizza, drinking wine and daydreaming at work.

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ALBUM REVIEW #9 – Béret, Jesus White (Born Yesterday Records)

We sat with Béret a few weeks ago (interview and bio here) and now it’s your turn to sit tight.

Jesus White (Born Yesterday Records) is out Oct 18 and if the three singles available for now (White Hole, Book of Hera and Fade Out The World) already conquered us, the whole album has been following us on our merry journeys for ore than a month now. And you know how much we reject boredom.

 Here are our track-per-track feelings.

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