EP Review – Languid Belles by The Slow Summits (2019) (Hundreds and Thousands Records)

 

Summits benchwarming

The Slow Summits are a Swedish four piece who appear to have mastered the art of getting their submission noticed amid a sea of other acts sending music to the blog. For bands interested in such tactics their route to instant recognition was:

a)  Name your band after a an album by The Pastels.

b)  Casually mention in the opening couple of lines of the e-mail that jangly indie-pop goddess Amelia Fletcher (I will just copy and paste her brilliance for the uninitiated  here, HeavenlyMarine ResearchSportiqueTalulah GoshTender TrapThe Catenary Wires) drops backing vocals on two of the tracks.

However, being master of the ‘piqued interest technique’ only takes you so far if the music does not meet the now lofty expectations you have created.

Thankfully, this album is the best EP dropped so far in 2019….at this point I would write several paragraphs extolling the release virtues and cramming as many big words and shiny adjectives into each one as possible.

However, on this occasion the release bio is just so good, so infuriatingly superior than I could even begin to imagine contemplating writing, that I am just going to post it below for you as well as a link to the EP….it is not laziness, just resignation!

Below is a bio of the Slow summits and the EP:
The Slow Summits are a bunch of stressed out middle class dreamers trying to write songs that will make the late washing up, the lawn mowing on rainy days, the ironing of non-iron shirts, the paying of past due bills and the early Saturday mornings in front of a telly showing people playing video games, a bit more jolly. Hopefully these songs will make you wonder, laugh, or nod in agreement. At best, they’ll be a momentary cure for the angst of everyday life, and will make you dance till your socks come off.

The songs aren’t extraordinary. The lyrics aren’t unique. However, they treat everyday life, its interactions, the shortcomings and dilemmas in ways you don’t hear every day. Humorous and honest. They’re songs in the key of midlife. They might come off as judgemental, sung from the backs of high horses, heckling to a point where Statler and Waldorf would have blushed. But the arrows are pointed just as much towards the band members themselves as towards anybody else.

Being inspired by bands like Orange Juice, the Go-Betweens, the Feelies, the Dexy’s Midnight Runners, the Bats, Felt and Beat Happening, the sound isn’t exactly brand new. For the Slow Summits the melodies are what matters, the guitars are necessarily jangly and the craftsmanship is scarce. In the words of Mark E. Smith; It’s a mistreating of instruments to get feelings over. Hopefully these songs will make you feel. If not elated, then a wee bit warmer inside. The Slow Summits are the long johns of pop. Some days you will need us.

The Slow Summits is a four-piece pop band from Linköping, Sweden:
Anders Nyberg, Lead vocals/Rhythm guitar/Backing vocals
Mattias Holmqvist Larsson, Bass guitar/Backing vocals/Keyboards/Percussion
Karl Sunnermalm, Lead guitar/Keyboard/Piano/Harmonica/Glockenspiel
Fredrik Svensson, Drums

Expect this to be on plenty of 2019’s best of in the New Year !

Artist Links:  Twitter  Facebook

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