Posts Tagged ‘Slow Club’

Self Esteem 'Compliments Please' 2xLP

Self Esteem is Rebecca Lucy Taylor, and a project which began with painting and prints and video alongside her day job writing and performing as one half of Slow Club. Since her musical divergence from the band, Rebecca has revelled in unleashing a whole version of herself with no compromises, no reducing herself, no hesitating. She would go on to write the songs that had been rising up inside her all through the years, big songs, that spoke of love and sex and chaos, that brought in huge basslines, gospel choirs, the kind of polished, provocative production she admired on the biggest pop records.

Compliments Please saw Self Esteem working with songwriter and producer Johan Karlberg, seeking him out because she loved his band, The Very Best, as well as his approach to production. It’s an album that reveals her to be not just a remarkable vocalist, but one of our most powerful and distinctive songwriters.


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The Debut solo material from Charles Watson (Slow Club, The Surfing Magazines) “I wanted ‘No Fantare’ to have that feeling, to capture the thing just before it’s perfect, while it’s still human and fun.” Charles Watson

The London based songwriter/producer/writer and member of indie duo Slow Club and garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines, with members of The Wave Pictures – is flexing his production muscles on this sublime new offering. It’s a grand opening gambit that ramps up and up and up over the course of its five-and-a-half minutes, touching on Beirut during the process and ending on a guitar solo that collapses into disdended lo-fi tranquillity.

Charles debut solo material ‘No Fanfare‘ – a song that effortlessly evolves from stripped back guitars to a warm, almost wall of sound crescendo. a sprawling opus stuffed with quirky synthwork and iridescent brass.

The biggest difference on this record for me is that it’s my producing debut,” Watson says. “I’ve worked with producers in the past but in more of an artist role so this record felt quite different for me. I worked alongside David Glover at Tesla Studios in Sheffield. I set out trying to make no demos and for the whole record to be performances that felt brand new. Intimate and dream-like was the name of the game. I took a few trips away to write words but wrote most of them in the medical library at The Wellcome Collection. It’s free and is very warm in the winter.”

Watson recruited a few pals to play on “No Fanfare”, including Hot Club De Paris’ Paul Rafferty and Guillemots’ Fyfe Dangerfield, which is the first taste of solo material rooted in his literary side that “takes inspiration from the reoccuring themes and language of JG Ballard novel Hello America.”

Garage rock super group The Surfing Magazines share “New Day” , Comprised of one half of Slow Club and two thirds of Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines are already garage rock royalty.

Drawing influences from ‘60s surf music and taking inspiration from greats like Dylan and Reed, the band are on a war path to destroy today’s bongo pop demigods and pretentious prog-indie-rock millionaires.

Speaking more on the track the band say: “New Day’ is a super quick tune. I’m not totally sure what its about. There’s some Russian dolls in there, a birthday clown, and apparently I want to throw all my clothes away”.

The Surfing Magazines are a new supergroup featuring Charles Watson from Slow Club, David Tattersall & Franic Rozycki from The Wave Pictures and Dominic Brider.  the band have also announced their debut festival appearance at End of the Road Festival this summer,

“New Day” out now via Moshi Moshi Records.

Lines and Shadows by The Surfing Magazines is taken from their debut self-titled album out on 1st September:

Slow Club's new album, One Day All Of This Won't Matter Anymore, comes out August 19.

The video for “Two Cousins,” a breakout track from Slow Club’s second album, 2011’s Paradise, still induces a smile. With a pair of impeccably dressed gentlemen high-kicking and stutter-step dancing to the song’s fractured drum beat, gliding along with plinking piano notes, the clip is a joyful introduction to the Sheffield, England duo’s charm. Five years later, that song sounds like an artifact of a band in happier times — a stark contrast to the winsome, world-weary iteration of Slow Club heard on the fittingly titled new album, One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore.

The band’s music has always struck a balance between tugging heartstrings and uplifting with bittersweet voices and striking melodies. Yet with One Day, Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson release their emotions and vulnerabilities more than ever. Sequenced as an intimate he-said, she-said narrative, the album’s 12 songs seem to find the songwriters embodying opposite ends of a collapsing relationship, with each equally accepting and doling out blame.

On the opener “Where the Light Gets Lost,” Watson sits alone, reeling and lost, knowing he missed his window. “I had my chance, and this is letting go,” he muses over a smoldering groove. In the bluesy dirge “Ancient Rolling Sea,” he describes blustery upheaval — “You’ve got your battles, and they rage like an ancient rolling sea” — then declares, “I’ll always be by your side.”

From Taylor’s end, the silvery R&B ballad “Come on Poet” unfurls in the chorus: “Did you think it was over? ‘Cuz so did I / I can’t take on the tiger while I’m still this child / and if something was worth saving, I’d have thought we’d try / it’s getting so hard to remember to be fair and kind.” The swaying gospel waltz “Give Me Some Peace” is a plea for relief. “And as toxic as ever, it turns into terror / my freedom gone to grief / give me some peace,” she sings about her partner’s reckless behavior, which threatens to pull them both under — all while gnarled guitar and voices soar to a climactic peak.

And on “Rebecca Casanova,” when Taylor sings, “And I don’t wanna be the one you call ‘the girl who brought me down’ / and I don’t wanna be guilty of knowing I could have let you out to find her sooner,” the song’s tick-tock guitar rhythms and glittery synth lines recast what could be a plaintive lament as a bouncy pop gem.

One Day is rich and nuanced, showing how Slow Club’s sonic sensibility is elastic enough to fold in an array of styles. While switching from folk (“In Waves”) to jangling rock (“Silver Morning”), pining torch song (“Sweetest Grape on the Vine”) to rollicking country (“Champion”) and even slinky disco glitz (“Tattoo”), the album remains impressively cohesive. That’s thanks in part to producer and songwriter Matthew E. White and the in-house band at his Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, Va. Their natural chemistry can be heard in the album’s familiar feel and warm instrumentation: mellow Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer keyboards, swooning pedal steel and tasteful guitar licks with strings that blossom around Watson and Taylor’s close harmonies.

Whether these songs are biographical or fictional (or likely, a bit of both), Slow Club paints honest pictures of complications in romance and companionship, commitment and betrayal, with things that cannot be unsaid. While the title could be easily be viewed as expressing exasperation in the face of overwhelming struggle, it’s also reassuringly calming. No matter how heartbroken you are at the moment, if you can endure, you’ll be stronger.

Slow Club return with their woozy new single ‘Ancient Rolling Sea.’ Available now from Moshi Moshi Records, ‘Ancient Rolling Sea’ is taken from Slow Club’s forthcoming full-length album, which is set for release later this year.

How do you keep a band interesting after ten years? It’s a question Slow Club’s Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor must have asked themselves as they started work on their fourth album. From the cute indie-folk of their 2009 debut Yeah So, to the wonky-pop of its follow up Paradise, two years later, to the sophisticated, polished soul of 2014’s Complete Surrender, this is a band that have never stood still, going out of their way to present a new version of themselves on every release, while maintaining the spirit, the warmth and the chemistry that has marked their music since they formed in 2006.

“This song felt as though it just did not want to arrive for a long long time,” Charles says of ‘Ancient Rolling Sea’. “I worked on the music for the whole time we were writing, and the words just landed at the last minute. With the approach I took on lyrics I wanted it to be more conversational. I wanted it to be direct, as if it were being whispered in your ear.”


Produced by the master of Southern-gothic folk, Matthew E. White, and performed with his in-house band at Richmond, Virgina’s Spacebomb Studios, ‘Ancient Rolling Sea’ is a slow-burning hymn packed with wistful guitars layered over Charles lamenting chant, “By your side, by your side, I’ll always be by your side…”

“2015 was a year I don’t think any of our friends will look back on with fondness,” Charles explains. “When something really awful happens it can galvanise people and bring them together in a way that’s really hard to image. I learned what a lot of my dearest friends are made of, and its pure magic”.

Tickets for the following shows:
24/05 – Coventry, UK – Warwick Arts Centre
25/05 – St Albans, UK – The Horn
26/05 – Poole, UK – Mr Kyps
27/05 – Southampton, UK – Hampshire Joiners Arms
28/05 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern, Colston Hall
30/05 – Hereford, UK – HowTheLightGetsIn2016: Philosophy & Music Festival
31/05 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
01/06 – Ashford, UK – Revelation St Mary’s
02/06 – Brighton, UK -Komedia (Brighton)
03/06 – Margate, UK – Tom Thumb Theatre
16/07 – Salisbury, UK – Wiltshire Larmer Tree Festival
21/08 – Powys, Wales – Green Man Festival

We’ve got a very special premiere for you today: a cover of Neil Young‘s track “Birds” by alt-pop outfit Slow Club.

Renowned Sheffield indie outfit Slow Club have been keeping busy this year – they’ve had curated shows for 6 Music all about their home town, they’ve had a bunch of festival shows and a rare and interesting album’s worth of cover versions released for Record Store Day 2015.

Here the band cover Neil Young’s beautiful track “Birds” which they did exclusively for Musicroom Sessions.


another track issued from the forthcoming album “COMPLETE SURRENDER” Sheffield band SLOW CLUB which so far is going to be their strongest set of songs to date this song has been a mainstay of their live sets for some while, Rebecca Taylors vocals are as strong as ever. Slow Club will be playing DEERSHED festival later this summer


Seems like this will be the cover song of the summer Slow club do a slower version and a sterling job on such a great song

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the new album COMPLETE SURRENDER due very soon from the Sheffield duo of Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor “Slow Club” will be their third album and most probable their most accomplished yet. they are a storming live band with the bass player and multi musician Sweet Baboo in the line up. they will be at the Deer Shed festival later this year.

The lovely duo Slow Club from Sheffield cover one of the songs of the year the original from Future Islands is quite a fast paced dance type song, but here SLOW CLUB turn it into a beautiful ballad. SLOW CLUB will be at the Deer Shed festival and a new album due soon.