Mark E Smith of The Fall by Montecruz Foto

WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… The Fall (music band)

A guide to the music of The Fall is much needed once the novice is confronted to the dizzying immensity of Mark E. Smith’s prolificacy.

Smith’s quote “If it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s the Fall” is quite close to reality, and if the result can be sometimes confusing, Mark’s art is never deprived of interest. That’s why we asked the members of the Facebook group Mark E Smith & The Fall: It’s not Repetition, it’s Discipline to write a few lines about their favorite songs, in their own words.

Alexander, Erik, Steve, Andy, thank you very much for your time and generosity of soul. Main picture courtesy of Montecruz Foto.

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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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Where to Begin With Adam Neely (YouTube music theorist) by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… Adam Neely (YouTube music theorist)

Excellent news for the world of curiosity and musical enlightenment: Adam Neely and his videos just passed the 1M subscribers mark on YouTube. Numbers are numbers, and there’s another reason why Adam Neely is joining the Where to Begin With… club today.

Long story short, I tried to have fun at conservatories twice in my life. Always failed. If I humbly consider enjoying a decent level of musicianship, Adam Neely managed to transform the way I have lunch. Weird connection. Let me explain. 

My keyboard coexists with my plate, and my computer overheats at the sole idea of running Google Chrome and my favorite DAW app at the same time. Watching Adam Neely’s videos made me feel like discovering music again. This knowing that my initial discovery of jazz was one of the few real milestones of my life.

E m o t i o n. But not only.

Now comes the time to enjoy our guide to Adam Neely in 3 videos and 6 adjectives.

For those needing more context, this guide has no biographical motive, but you can check Adam’s Wikipedia page.

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Interview of Laila Biali by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Laila Biali (jazz, ‘Out of Dust’, out now) – ITW #15

Jazz has always been Slow Culture’s forte. That being said, vocal jazz never really got our full attention. But that was before Laila Biali’s single Sugar hit our inbox on a rainy morning.

At that time, we din’t believe that the whole album would stay in our playlist for long. Little did we know! We will review ‘Out of Dust’ – Laila Biali’s eighth album – next week.

To cure our wait (and hopefully, yours!), we’re delighted and honored to publish today the interview we did with The Artist Formerly Known As Laila Biali.

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