Everything Melts Eventually, Volume One
Broken Circles Records
Everything Melts Eventually has clearly arrived with me a bit late as Broken Circle Records released this split single at the tail end of 2015 . This is Volume One of what I am led to believe will be an ongoing series, it features Bandit, Slow & Steady, Triathlon, and Ivadell. All the tracks on this Split are tied together with a wintery theme and are Christmas songs for the people who don’t like Christmas songs, so maybe I’m missing out on something listening to this on a warm May morning when the last hangovers of winter are distant memories.
All four bands on this release are thoughtful and introspective indie, and for those who love the likes of Elbow and Radiohead this would be a welcome find under the Christmas tree. There are occasional slay bells and the odd Christmas lyric but this is not your standard Christmas fayre and it reflects the darker side of that festive time of year, it stops short of people hanging themselves from the Christmas tree but not by much. It’s hard to pick a favourite out of these tracks but if had to choose I think Ivadell‘s Dog Days just nudges ahead with it’s rousing refrain celebrating the ending of another year.
This is a very well put together Split as each of the bands compliment each others sounds and styles perfectly and whilst this wouldn’t be my choice for the soundtrack to Christmas morning it is a reflective and dark alternative to usual nauseating saccharine sweetness of Christmas fayre.
Broken Circles Records is streaming their new four way split featuring Bandit, Triathalon, Ivadell, and Slow And Steady. The shared effort will be titled Everything Melts Eventually and is due out December 18, 2015.
Pre-orders are available here. Listen to the disc here courtesy Stereogum.
Broken Circles Records has announced that they will be releasing a four way split featuring Bandit, Triathalon, Ivadell, and Slow And Steady. The shared effort will be titled Everything Melts Eventually and is due out December 18, 2015.
Pre-orders will be available here.
In Time We Belong
Broken Circles Records
Why do we listen to sad music? Surely not to improve our own state of well-being. But perhaps because of the honesty. Nothing is more relatable than heartbreak, and the potential to connect with the right lyric is a powerful sense whether through experience or empathy. Granted this is only true of bands willing to mine and catalogue the depths of humanity (as opposed to the legions of surface value emo bands of yesteryear). That’s where the one-two punch of sentimental transparency echoed by instrumental parallels yanks such thoughts from prose and confronts listeners in tuneful expressions.
The emergence of Austin, Texas’ Slow And Steady highlights the draw that maturity can have on eliciting an emotional response. Front man Jacob Lawter explores the equilibrium that lies between personal expression and precise articulation in Slow And Steady’s debut full length, In Time We Belong. Lawter exposes the inner emotional workings in detailed narration with the vulnerability of Mansions and Pedo The Lion. “I keep flying lower, and I wonder why I can never see the warning signs, the smoke through the trees,” laments Lawter, to which he responds in defeat, “call the search party, tell them I died, watching my life go by.” Emboldened by the somber drag of distant acoustics and mild riffs, Lawter builds momentum as he lets down his guard for the unshielded revelation, “welcome to your twenties, you’ve got a long way to go, it doesn’t help to know that everyone is miserable.” While defeatist in appearance, Lawter’s downtrodden deadpan delivery (like a less optimistic Weakerthans) unravels misgivings with the acceptance of retrospect. With less immediacy, Slow And Steady lights a match in a cave that may have been otherwise too dark to warrant exploration.
The deeper into the darkness Slow And Steady traverse, the broader their horizons stretch. Take the lament of lost identity in “Out Of Touch,” which unravels in a lyrically lucid style not unlike that of Bayside’s Anthony Raneri. The track is enhanced by the deliberate ebb and flow of distorted bass and a recurrent retracting spotlight void of more than a few chords backing up Lawter’s less than enthusiastic drawl. The approach reaches the darkest black during “Disinterested” and again with “Lost At Sea” in which the tempo sluggishly halts to that of a slow crawl with notes lingering incessantly in their subtle emphasis of Lawter’s meticulously enunciated reflections. With such deep emotion also comes the occasional hint of Manchester Orchestra’s acoustic experiments and All Get Out’s unabashed melodic emotional acuity. For example, “Horizon” serves as one of In Time We Belong’s catchy, standalone high points that transcends the dank mood in a steady tuneful way without taking away from the clear felt mood.
Slow And Steady balance uncompromising catharsis with an almost calm deliverance. In Time We Belong reads like a statement of emotional intent. In prose much of In Time We Belong sounds downright depressing, but in song it feels insightful and liberating even under such a burdensome weight. Slow And Steady accomplish what many attempt but few succeed: writing sad songs that are genuinely enjoyable. While that may seem counter intuitive, In Time We Belong is a fully embraceable foray into a fragile state of mind that avoids projecting such crushing emotions onto its listenership. Instead, feelings become framed as if quantifiably featured on a display, immaculately reconstructed and presented in unabashed clarity. The result is nothing short of immersive, and an easy recommendation to anyone looking for a calm yet intense emotional exposition.
Slow And Steady has premiered a full stream of their upcoming debut full length, In Time We Will Belong, due out August 14, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.
Listen to the full disc here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.
Slow And Steady has premiered a new song. The track is titled “From This Side Of Time” which will appear on their debut full length. In Time We Will Belong, due out August 14, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.
Listen to the song here courtesy Modern Vinyl.
Slow And Steady has premiered a new song. The track is titled “Pendulum” which will appear on their debut full length. In Time We Will Belong, due out August 14, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.
Listen to the song here courtesy Stereogum.
Slow And Steady has premiered a new song. The track is titled “Watching Life Go By” which will appear on their debut full length. In Time We Will Belong, due out August 14, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.
Listen to the song here.
Slow And Steady has announced that they will be releasing their debut full length on Broken Circles Records. The album is titled In Time We Belong and will be out officially August 14, 2015.
Track listing is below along with the new song, “35mm.”