Six Foot Sloth – The Fifth Winter

Six Foot Sloth
The Fifth Winter

Six Foot Sloth are a five-piece hailing from the Pacific Northwest, and they carry on in slow moving pop territory. The band uses many different forms of instrumentation to move these drifting slacker anthems along at a usually plodding pace. The singer, who goes by the name of The Jed, lazily mumbles along to the band’s unusual melodies. The Jed has a rather quirky warble of a voice that finds its way in and out of the intricacies laid out for him by the band.
“Luke” starts the disc off with a little ballad pop song while The Jed’s soft sleepy vocals combine with a chirping piano, pumping accordion, and Amanda Mason’s backing vocals. The Jed’s quirky vocals add a great deal to this song, and there is a nice quiet little guitar break over a humming accordion that sounds very pretty in this format. “Lineman” is another quirky little number with some fun instrumentation and The Jed’s distinct vocals in the forefront, singing a quirky little melody. Adam Sullivan’s accordion is very prominent in this song and combines with the singing to create a unique effect.
“One Last Chance” has a darker feel than the rest of the disc with some anxiety-filled music and darker vocals. The Jed quietly throws out his lyrics over some bleeting guitars and strong rhythm work. The song tends to drag a little and loses some steam over the middle as it becomes too familiar and really loses what makes it catching earlier, but it picks up some interesting features later on. “No Good” throws some more quirkiness at the listener with the falsetto pitched vocals and melody that somewhat brings to mind some spacier REM. There is a nice little keyboard hook throughout this song, and it has slowly building instrumentation and slacker-paced melodies.
This disc seems much longer than its running time because of the pace of the songs and how long they take to develop. The disc is full of some really intriguing pieces of music that is done in a different way than one is accustomed to hearing. When it works, the songs can really take you into another dimension and are very engaging, but when it doesn’t you feel like falling asleep. The pace is mostly slogging throughout each of these songs; it can be rather samey at points and loses some of its appeal. It’s a solid disc but one that doesn’t grab you or leave you wanting more after you listen.