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Slow Life

Colchester, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Colchester, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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Bear EP (June 2012)


Jan Palach
St Pauli



Slow Life is an indie/folk act based in Colchester, Essex. Consisting solely of multi-instrumentalist Dan Bowen, Slow Life have gained recognition with energetic live sets built on loops of layered guitar, melodic vocals and any other instrument that comes to hand. Inspiration for songs include cross-european adventures, protest movements and socialist German football clubs…

Currently gigging across England and beyond, A debut EP is to be released in June 2012, entitled BEAR. Featuring 6 songs, Bear was inspired by the mammals of the same name which roam central and eastern europe, their images on many a regional crest. It is also the sometime pronounciation of “beer” in native Norfolk/Suffolk dialect.

Recording took place at Long Track Studio’s, Marks Tey, Essex in January/February 2012 with producer Nathan Wacey. Including some songs detailing central european countryside, protest movements and a socialist German football team, the bear is a representation of the wandering feel of the music and subject matter. Musically, there is epic-reverbed guitar performed on a Fender Jaguar, intricate drum patterns and melodic vocals. One song, Hinterland was built on an atmospheric multi-instrumental 6 part loop. Another, Dobrý, which is roughly translated as “hey” in several Slavic-based languages, leads on a softly strummed Ukelele. A third, St Pauli is a two-part 6 minute epic with crash symbol crescendos.

Slow Life are big fans of people such as The Smiths, Gruff Rhys/SFA, David Bowie, British Sea Power, Devendra Banhart, The Velvet Underground, Radiohead, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, Midlake, Supergrass and Sigur Ros