Album Review: Hyde & Beast - 'Slow Down'
It’s a ‘supergroup’ with two drummers – and it’s great
The subtle yet unmistakable influence of local indie mafia dons the Brewis brothers weaves its way through [b]‘Slow Down’[/b] without ever undermining it. David Brewis may only appear on two tracks on the album, but the impact [a]Field Music[/a]’s craftsmanship has had on their peers is as apparent on this record as it is on any Futureheads album. From opening track [b]‘Never Come Back’[/b], this self-released album is sublimely tender and self-reflexive, from the outside bathed in an Americana glow but with the British idiosyncrasies of Arab Strap and more particularly Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton’s respective solo output.
In [b]‘You Will Be Lonely’[/b] there are hints of [a]Pavement[/a]’s more sombre moments as well as the pop eccentricities of [a]The Velvet Underground[/a], while ‘[b](And The) Pictures In The Sky[/b]’ closely resembles the vintage sound of [b]‘The Blues Are Still Blue’[/b]-era Belle And Sebastian. It’s an album very much split between Glaswegian heart-on-the-sleeve songwriting, traditional American folk music and the artistic precision which has come to be associated with the northeast. Forget assumptions – just listen to this record.
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