[twitter style=”vertical” float=”left”] [fbshare type=”button”] [google_plusone size=”standard” annotation=”none” language=”English (UK)”] Slim Loris is a band from Stockholm, Sweden that mixes sixties pop/rock with Indie, Americana and a pinch of Swedish melancholy. The band formed in 2009 from the remnants of two indie acts, and quickly released a debut CD entitled “Amateur Night at the Asylum”.
2011 saw Slim Loris refining their song-writing and releasing the emotionally charged, full length album “Down to Earth”.
What’s most notable from early listens of “Down To Earth”, is its uncompromising yet controlled energy levels. “Low” kicks things off with some abrasive and aggressive onbeat organ playing by Mattias that compliments his melodic vocal line. You can almost imagine him showboating by playing a few of the notes with his feet.
On “Waiting For Something” Robert sprinkles-in a jazzy guitar riff and some luscious acoustic strumming. Mattias’ investigative vocal phrasing come into play here, more than ever. The track is slow and intense. Very remiscent of R.E.M.
The piano based ballad “Ain’t Nothing Like It Used To Be” forges a deliciously played string and keyboard arrangement. The sound of authentically played, acoustic and electric instruments, is a typical trait of Slim Loris. Giving their sonority a geniune unambiguos richness. And above all, distancing them from most modern bands, who so heavily rely on VST instruments, audio loops and samples.
If there was any prior doubt, “Did I Ever” confirms that Slim Loris write neat uncontaminated melodies combined with intense and picturesque lyrics.
“Light Come Shining” is a cut above the rest of the album. An incessant, driving guitar line, dominates the song, while a walking bassline backed up by Jonas’ steady drumming slowly fires up the engine room. Mattias masterfully sustains the melody and chorus line.
Curiosly, the two best tracks on the album are back to back, as “At The End Of Our Tears” comes up straight away. Another ballad that highlights the beautiful string arrangements and impassioned voice of Mattias, while the rest of the band carefully dose their instruments to deliver an appropiate atmosphere.
“Days Of Waste” features the distinguished jingle-jangle guitar sound and the “live-in-a-room” sound mix, which prevails on most of the album.
I could easily go on describing the final three songs on this 12-track album, which stick much to the same successful sound idiom used on the other songs, but you could be spending this precious time better, in shooting over to Bandcamp and downloading the “Down To Earth” album straight away.
Slim Loris are a great band, with every member being equally important. The perceived lack of egos is admirable in and of itself, but it also makes for a sonically interesting album. With all the instrumental parts given equal play, in places the ambience is low-key without ever being tepidly quiet; in others it rocks energetically, without being in your face. The band sound like they’re playing live, in the same room with you, and here, thanks must obviously go to a solid sound production mix.
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“Down To Earth” is a very unique, intense, modern and organic-feeling album. Dosed with strings, pianos and acoustic guitars, all incorporating an authentic 60’s flavor. This is retro-rock at it’s best.
It’s hard to believe that Slim Loris are only made up of three members. Robert (guitar), Mattias (bass, keys & vocals), and Jonas (drums).
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