If you like your indie-rock with a dark atmospheric feel to it, then look no further than Manchester five-piece The Slow Show. As a follow-up to the raspy aggressive debut full-length, White Water, the band’s latest offering comes in the form of the beautifully mesmerising Dream Darling.
The album offers up 10 perfectly composed tracks which capture the musings of the everyday man, having to deal with day-to-day life. Whether that is romantic regret or overcoming loss it ticks all the right boxes.
As their name implies, The Slow Show have both a magisterial beauty to their sparse songs and the confidence to let their spellbinding four-minute stories find their mark. The album is the result of long days working from 8am until 2am in a farmhouse in the Lake District, and it is these long hours which inspired the album’s title.
Right from the opening track, ‘Strangers Now’, the tone for the remaining nine tracks is set; you instantly know you are in for a treat.
Vocalist Rob Goodwin has one of those voices you could just listen to for hours on end. He doesn’t just sing to his listener – he takes them on a journey. He weaves tales into his smooth vocal tone, leaving you hooked on every single word. Hearing the cracking heartache in his voice during the hauntingly beautiful, ‘Last Man Standing’, really pulls at the heart strings – but in the best way possible.
What gives Dream Darling that extra chill down your spine in the fact the band has teamed up with a choir from Berlin to fill some of the harmonies, adding a depth to tracks like ‘Breaks Today’. However, it’s during the albums final track ‘Brick’ where everything comes together to form the perfect climax to what truly is a breath taking album.
The influences of bands like The National, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Sigur Ros shine through, but that is taking nothing away from The Slow Show who have clearly displayed that have an ear for this specific genre.
For an album which is centred on change, it is quite apt that Dream Darling could be a game changer as far as that type of brooding indie rock is concerned.
Dream Darling is out now via Haldern Pop Recordings.