SLOWNESS will release their second LP, How to Keep from Falling off a Mountain, on June 3, 2014. The record was produced by Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon, Wax Idols) and Geoffrey Scott, and was mastered by Kramer (Low, Galaxie 500). It will be released on vinyl through Blue Aurora Audio and will be distributed digitally through Bandcamp and iTunes. The band will kick off a European tour to support the record in Leipzig, Germany on June 13, 2014.
Slowness was formed in San Francisco in 2008 by Julie Lynn and Geoffrey Scott. The EP Hopeless but Otherwise was released in 2011. After touring America, the group began work on the LP, For Those Who Wish to See the Glass Half Full, released in March 2013. How to Keep from Falling off a Mountain was written and recorded by Lynn and Scott in San Francisco and New York City (with Lynn on bass, keys and vocals; Scott on guitar, keys, and vocals) and features Scott Putnam on drums (with Christy Davis taking the album’s final track, “Anon, part IV”), Greg Dubrow on bass, Kelly Kyle on pedal steel, and Christopher Shane, Dave Voigt, and Sean Eden (Luna) on guitars.
For more information, promo requests, booking, or interviews, please contact Julie Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org. The two singles from the new record, “Mountain” and “Anon, part II,” are available to listen to now on Soundcloud.
The Big Takeover (by Jack Rabid)
Steve Holtje’s rave issue 70 review of this sublime San Francisco group’s debut Hopeless, But Otherwise EP alerted me to one of the great undiscovereds in contemporary moody effects-driven rock. That perception is enhanced on Slowness’s first album, an absolute gorgeous beaut. With the welcome shoegaze revival blooming/booming, here’s an incredibly ethereal band that is not shoegaze at all—just a sympathetic cousin. Much like the 30-year Nebraska band they most, uncannily resemble, For Against (especially “The Glass”), they use a steady, understated, anchor beat, loping, limber basslines, and then, momentously, spiderweb guitar parts that circle, tickle, chime, ring, and repeat, looping into peacefully mesmeric riffs. Thus, they have more in common with not only For Against, but The Feelies, Murmur R.E.M., the “Beginning to See the Light” Velvets, Chills (the last two a connection a perceptive Holtje discerned), and ’80s Brit postpunk than dreampop—even if the effect is as dreamy, beautiful, and—with Geoffrey Scott’s breathy, airy vocals leading the way—greatly affecting. All 35 minutes of For Those mollifies in timeless, nun-rushed hypnotic spells like light rain on an otherwise bright day. (E.g., the lite-psych of “Calm & Dispel,” not far from where 2–era Darker My Love left us down L.A.-way in 2008.) Glass half full? Not even close! This one’s overflowing with magic potions.
Clank for Breakfast: The Wish to see the Glass Half Full (by Breda Massman)
After their EP “Hopeless But Otherwise” (2011) and a split vinyl single in 2012 with Dead Leaf Echo, San Francisco’s Slowness now serve their full-length debut: “For Those Who Wish To See The Glass Half Full” (available digitally and on LP). Co-produced by Monte Vallier (Young Prisms, The Soft Moon) and mastered by Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low), the sound menu offers a sparkling, delightful and varied blend of shoegaze, indie and drone pop. Formed in 2008, Slowness aka Geoffrey Scott (guitars, vocals), Julie Lynn (bass, vocals, keyboard) and Scott Putnam (drums, vocals) orchestrate a glorious waterfall of embracing melodies that are cleverly bedded in a sea of hazy, psychedelic and yearning champagne. Geoffrey took the time to answer a bunch of questions.