Shadow Talk LP by Cafe Racer, album review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Cafe Racer, Shadow Talk LP – ALBUM REVIEW #23

Shadow Talk LP is Cafe Racer’s second album, succeeding to the contemplative Famous Dust. These two albums are worlds apart, but not in a trial and error fashion.

Avid readers and followers of this blog already enjoyed a past Friday Feature introducing ‘Faces’, the second single out of Shadow Talk LP. This track was, after all, nothing but a majestuous tree concealing a dense, immense forest of sounds.

Born Yesterday Records’ name is now to us what the “seen on TV’ sticker was to older generations. A label of trust, a promise of full satisfaction. Challenge completed.

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Album review of Dolly Birds & Spies by the Cleaners from Venus, written by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Cleaners From Venus, Dolly Birds & Spies – ALBUM REVIEW #22

In these complicated times, Martin Newell and Cleaners From Venus come improve our grey mental landscapes with Dolly Birds & Spies

If you’re unfamiliar with the band and its past works, Bandcamp wrote in 2018 a comprehensive guide on the topic. No time to read the guide, but still wanting to know what Cleaners from Venus are all about? Imagine that the band has been excelling at vintage DIY bedroom pop for the four past decades.

Here you go.

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Laila Biali, Out of Dust - Jazz - Album Review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Laila Biali, Out of Dust (jazz) – ALBUM REVIEW #21

Out of Dust is a rare tailor-made jewel, as our interview with Laila Biali already suggested. The eleven tracks comprising this album are uplifting stories you can’t miss.

We took our time to review Out of Dust. Intense laziness? No. Lack of time? No. Blank page syndrome? We don’t think so. We at Slow Culture write with the aim of highlighting impressive work the best way possible. Laila Biali’s album is such a showcase of generosity and talent that we couldn’t allow ourselves to write hurriedly.

Already critically acclaimed, Out of Dust is here to stay. Let us tell you why!

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Stuck - Change is Bad - Album review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Stuck, Change Is Bad (out April 3, 2020) – ALBUM REVIEW #20

Excellent news from Born Yesterday Records: the four members of Chicago-based post-punk band Stuck bring out their first LP Change Is Bad on April 3rd.

Our readers know that hate marketing is neither our forte, nor our ambition. We’re here to write about moving art. There’s one problem, though. We don’t know the first thing about post-punk. Okay, we might have posted one article or two on the subject, and yes we’ve seen the movie Control. But that doesn’t give us the legitimacy to talk about this scene. We’re jazzheads, after all.

That being said, we believe that our curiosity easily tops our biggest clichés and beliefs. This explains why we decided to review Change Is Bad adopting a peculiar approach.

From the press release: 

Change Is Bad may be the first album you hear from Stuck, but it’s a record so knee deep in mental anguish, post-punk spirit, and profound sincerity that you can’t help but listen to it again. 

Let’s find out, Good Cop, Bad Cop style.

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Trivial Shields - Levity EP - Album review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture - Picture by Michael Buishas

Trivial Shields, Levity EP (out May 8, 2020) – ALBUM REVIEW #19

With Levity EP, multi-instrumentalist Christian Carpenter aka Trivial Shields invites you to a world full of energy, contemplation, and fun. All this in three tracks only.

Christian Carpenter’s CV? Judge by yourself: among other experiences, his previous band, My Dear Disco (with Theo Katzmann and Joey Dosik) preceded the creation of VulfpeckIt’s no surprise Levity EP is so colorful and emotionally intense, considering the quality of the guests invited aboard this voyage of the senses

Trivial Shields is also set to release his debut LP First Edition Paperbacks this fall.

EDIT: due to the current situation, the release of the EP has been postponed to May 8.
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Horse Lords - The Common Task - Album Review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture - Picture by Audrey Gatewood

Horse Lords, The Common Task (Northern Spy Records) – ALBUM REVIEW #18

When we first heard about Horse Lords and their forthcoming album The Common Task, we read the following lines :

Horse Lords make music for the liberation of mind and body.

Five listenings later (and counting), we are really happy to confirm that these words weren’t a form of overstatement.

Let us insist: The Common Task is not disposable experimental music which would have novelty for only emotional value. Andrew Bernstein, Max Eilbacher, Owen Gardner and Sam Haberman delivered a confident, textured, introspective album. Let’s see how.

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