Slowreader – S/T

As The Impossibles came to an inevitable end, two of the members had a side project they were toying with. The project developed and recorded independently and turned into an electro-acoustic work of art. As their new full time new gig, Rory Philips and Gabe Hascall have created a promising and very contemporary sound that you will be glad you can sit down and chill out to.
With so much experience under their belts, this is a very mature change. And in all respects it’s a more mature sound. After hearing and listening to The Impossibles, this mellow fluid music is very welcome. No part of the music can be overlooked as mediocre. There’s more passion here than most bands, and I think more than the band’s past projects. The sound change from punk to indie is remarkable. Everything about the self-titled album has strayed from the past and enters a simpler and personal genre. Self-recorded and released by Fueled by Ramen, you can tell they are looking to create their own, newer sound and emphasize their emotion.

The album begins with humming and the words “Curious of many things, but too lazy to move.” The line is a very good line for the music; I think the music holds a lot of curious characteristics. “The Song Politics, Music, and Drugs” opens the album with that sense of curiosity and unity (the band and some friends stomp a beat on the track). The next two songs, “Stupid Bet” and “Like You Most” show, with intelligence and strength, the outstanding song writing on Slowreader’s gifted first album. The next track is a very pretty one that really seems airy and emotional in word and tone. The moving piano, low sounding organ, nice drums, and pop indie vocals make up what seems to be a perfect way to slow things down a bit. A few of the songs seem pure piano driven, which is always a good thing.

After listening more and more to the CD, my appreciation for their songwriting genius-ness exceeded anything I could have hoped for. Pure poetry through voice and musicianship is portrayed throughout the last half of the album. The melodies get quicker and deeper until the ending track. It’s kind like Weezer, but to me it has more content than that lofted indie band. The song progresses with a slow beat and lighthearted vocals to faster beats and great indie rock screaming. The track ends the album wonderfully.

The album really shows the trend of punk appreciation to indie rock acceptance. Maybe it really shows the artist development and maturation, but this also could just be a time of change in general. Either way the music is passionate and poetic. I think the guys have moved in a good direction, and I’m sure this will be a comfortable and intriguing listen for punk fans and for indie kids.