Slow Club slow things down for One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore

One Day All Of This Won't Matter AnymoreIt has been 7 years since Slow Club released their debut album and over a year since they released covers album I Swam Out To Greet You; a selection of songs originally by artists from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Pulp and Future Islands. Now the duo, comprising Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson, are getting ready to release a new album on 19th August via Moshi Moshi Records, titled One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore.

A phrase like that could be taken as either depressive and defeatist, or acceptably uplifting; on a first read the choice will be down to your own personal optimism/pessimism balance, but it will probably change after the first listen. You would be forgiven for initially thinking this is the most dispiriting album you have heard in a long time by the time you get to track 10 (“The Jinx”) if you were paying limited attention and feeling pretty blue at the time. 'Acceptably uplifting' will be more obvious on hearing Rebecca Taylor singing the album’s title at the end of the final track (“Let The Blade Do The Work” – again, not the cheeriest phrase, but trust me on this one), with her words sounding more reassuring than anything, reminding you not to sweat the small stuff.

Unlike the soul-filled Complete Surrender, which they released back in 2014, One Day is a mostly slow-moving album full of stripped-back, contemplative and downright charming songs; the tempo of almost all the songs on the album make it an appropriate record to put on before bed after a long-ass day. Even the bluesy and almost gospel-like “Give Me Some Peace”, shaking things up a bit half way through the record, would be a good listen after a trying day with Taylor demanding the common desire of some “sweet relief."

The lead single “Ancient Rolling Sea” is a pulsing folk/rock trip with a guitar solo that may have been inspired by The Eagles and a chorus that makes it very clear to the listener that this is a sweet song about devotion. “You know you don’t have to be lost or alone,” sings Watson in the pre-chorus, before promising to stay by the side of the song’s subject in the chorus. It is the perfect first single, enough to lure in listeners to give the rest of the album a go if they find themselves needing more music to feel something about.

“In Waves”, the second single from the album, is faster but no less emotive. Taylor takes the vocals this time, emulating KT Tunstall and adopting American folk-inspired intonations (you’ll forget she’s from Sheffield). The track would be perfect for a montage or driving-based movie scene, or a driving montage; something Taylor probably recognised when directing and filming the Go-Pro facilitated music video. The film allows the audience to look into “The ups and downs of a day in the life of a narcissistic musician," including a trip to a cold British beach, a Netflix binge and a Google search asking “does Victoria Beckham have colonics?” (FYI, we don’t get the answer).

One of the best things about the “In Waves” music video is the subtitles for the words Taylor speaks throughout her day to the various people she meets. “We were kinda aware it’s not like a load of bangers. But… it’s what we enjoy doing” – they read at one point and, if we assume she’s talking about the album, she’s not wrong. You won’t find a ton of “bangers” on One Day, but what you will find are a collection of soul-warming tracks that will connect you to two other people more than any “bangers” ever could. Listen with ease.

Release: 19th August 2016, Moshi Moshi Records

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