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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 ‘Slow Down’ without ever undermining it. David Brewis may only appear on two tracks on the album, but the impact Field Music’s craftsmanship has had on their peers is as apparent on this record as it is on any Futureheads album. From opening track ‘Never Come Back’, 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 ‘You Will Be Lonely’ there are hints of Pavement’s more sombre moments as well as the pop eccentricities of The Velvet Underground, while ‘(And The) Pictures In The Sky’ closely resembles the vintage sound of ‘The Blues Are Still Blue’-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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