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The ’90s are remembered for bringing us grunge and alternative music. The era, though, also gave us another great guitar-driven sound and that was sadcore. It was the perfect medium between the heaviness popularized by mostly Seattle-based bands and the dreamy, shoegaze that infiltrated the London music scene. The songs of Red House Painters, Galaxie 500, Mojave 3, and so on were not simply dazzling and intoxicating, but they told powerful stories and uplifting messages. Nearly thirty years later, sadcore is making a comeback thanks to bands like Slow Pulp.

For the past year, the Madison, Wisconsin-bred, Chicago-based quartet of Emily Massey (vocals/guitar), Alexander Leeds (bass), Theodore Mathews (drums), and Henry Stoehr (guitar) have made us contemplate our existence while enrapturing us. On “Falling Apart”, which was released earlier this year, they captured feelings of confusion, anger, and fear due to the chaos in this world. But just as they were about to join us in thinking all has ended, they peel back the curtains and let the light in on “At It Again”.

Like the aforementioned ’90s, sadcore bands, Slow Pulp deliver an unforgettable, dazzling number. While the guitars churn with grit and the rhythms pulse with urgency, Massey’s dreamy, embracing vocals take the track to the heavens. She tells us to keep our heads up and do our apart to be better people. To help make things around us better again. This band, too, gets better with every new release, which makes their debut album, Moveys, a must listen. It will be available in stores on October 9th via Winspear Records

Chicago band Slow Pulp’s debut album Moveys is out now and feels custom-built for the autumnal period. Emily Massey speaks direct to her mom on the the Alex G-esque “Track,” assuring her of a lifetime of love in her own lowkey but heartfelt way.

Chicago-via-Madison indie rock four-piece Slow Pulp wrote an album’s worth of material last year, while touring across North America with Alex G. But when the band’s lead singer, Emily Massey, was diagnosed with Lyme disease and chronic mono, they scrapped the record entirely and started fresh on a set of songs that better reflected her life as she suddenly knew it. As COVID-19 started to shift the world off of its axis and the writing sessions for what would become Moveys — their self-produced debut, due out October 9th via Winspear — wound down, Massey’s parents were involved in a serious car accident. So, once again, Massey set about grappling with her new reality in a hurry.

“At It Again” is the ripping two-minute climax of Slow Pulp’s forthcoming album. With grungy, distorted guitars and blistering drum fills, the track whips and turns with the intensity of a rollercoaster. Moveys is out October 09.

The result of that those final catastrophes is “Falling Apart,” premiering at the foot of the page along with a video directed by Jake Lazovick. It’s a muted and slow-moving song, underscored by frequent Alex G collaborator Molly Germer’s violin, but articulates what’s now a familiar feeling for most people — that unexpected but inevitable rush of emotion that comes after weeks of pretending things are going to work out just fine.

“Life felt completely surreal, [and] everything had drastically changed and at such a rapid pace,” Massey says of the time the song was written. “It was especially strange because everyone was experiencing the same thing at the same time, but couldn’t be physically with each other to support each other. I felt like I couldn’t process any emotions I had about the whole ordeal because I had to keep it together to take care of my family. It became easier to stay numb, and create a facade that I was doing ok, than it was to release any type of healthy emotion for a long time. Luckily I did allow myself to have a full on breakdown induced by a stubbed toe and confusion over taxes, sometimes it’s the littlest things that finally get you.”

“At It Again” is taken from ‘Moveys’ – out Oct 09 on Winspear:

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Kevin Krauter’s debut EP, “Magnolia”, comes from a place of ease, instinct, and sincerity; ease in its conception and execution, instinct present yet well-informed, and sincerity felt but never forced. The initial four tracks were recorded in Muncie, Indiana for a fellow student’s semester project in the Spring of 2015, with the completed six song EP finished shortly thereafter. What resulted is a raw yet accessible work that feels familiar on the first listen. Taking inspiration from early folk artists from the 60s and 70s as well as more contemporary acts such as Sigur Ros and The Clientele, Krauter synthesizes a wide range of creative impulse into a refreshing and original body of work that pays humble respect to its predecessors while tastefully utilizing their influence.

Magnolia is 5 years old today!!! My first release of all time! I wrote all these songs my freshman year of college! I was such a baby!!! Anyway Winspear is releasing a fresh batch of cassettes July 3rd

Originally released May 19th, 2015

All songs written by Kevin Krauter
Electric Guitar/Piano by Keagan Beresford on Tracks 1 & 3
Winspear Records 2015