Album Review of Amber by Youth for Slow Culture

Youth, Amber – ALBUM REVIEW #16

According to the band: Youth is a vintage journal that you’ve just bought at a local flea market and began filling with beautiful words. Something you carry with you at all times along with your favourite pen. Tucked inside the pocket of your oversized Thrift store cardigan.

The LA-based band released Amber in November 2019. At the time, the album felt like sweet sunrays in the cold winter. What really aroused our curiosity was the gap between the visual identity of the band and the music they recorded. Incongruity generally leading to fascination, Amber has been following us daily (and digitally) for the past three months. 

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

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

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

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

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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Jennah Barry Holiday Album Review Slow Culture

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

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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Jason McMahon Odd West interview for Slow Culture

Jason McMahon (Odd West out on Jan 31 2020) – ITW #12

Public transportation strikes can be painful. Not for us! Almost two months ago, we were stuck home on a cold Fall day. We then received an incoming message announcing Odd West, Jason McMahon’s first solo album after his abundant opportunities as a respected touring musician. Folk/americana? That aroused curiosity.

Our modest but hyperactive sound system didn’t fail to instantly reveal the richness of the twelve tracks of Odd West. Unsurprisingly enough, and beyond his musical abilities, JasonMcMahon has a sense of generosity and openness in his words that touched us and that you can find in this interview.

Before reading, press play to enjoy “Book of Knots” and “Ambisinistrous”.

 

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Dani Laundry - Every Conscious Hour album review on Slow Culture

Dani Laundry, Every Conscious Hour (out on Dec 13) – ALBUM REVIEW #12

For the past six years, Dani Laundry has released around a hundred tracks. The prolific artist from NYC was not on our radar until Full Body member Cassidy Rose Hammond posted about Every Conscious Hour, out on December 13, so thanks to her!

We firmly believe that something magical can always happen. Theory proven with Every Conscious Hour.

We pressed play (otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to listen to the music, y’know) and discovered nine stellar tracks. Time to share.

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