San Francisco-NYC trio Slowness release long-awaited 'Berths' album
"One of the great undiscovereds in contemporary moody effects-driven rock... an absolute gorgeous beauty" – Big Takeover Magazine
"The album comes across like a slow-release drug, gradually washing over you in equally potent doses throughout. This is remarkable and wistful psych-drone-gaze at its best" – Louder Than War
"With dreamy slowcore gaze-rock at its core, seemingly infused with a certain element true to 60s psychedelia... Slowness present stunning tapestries to dream and chill to, with lyrics embodying both dour realism and hope woven throughout" – The Spill Magazine
"As soon as we heard their hypnotic drone-pop, we all immediately fell in love.. their music blew us away" – When The Sun Hits
"A trip wrapped in a dense stereo wall of sound.. an indispensable treat for lovers of shoegaze and post punk deserving of praise" – The Blog That Celebrates Itself
Dreamy gazey indie space rockers Slowness present their new 'Berths' album, which was foreshadowed by the singles 'Berlin' and 'Rose'. On June 7, this long-awaited record will be released on vinyl and digitally via Schoolkids Records. In addition, the band are offering various swag or your own private concert.
As with all previous releases, the 'Berths' LP was produced by Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon, Wax Idols). Side A was engineered by Dave Voigt (Luna, John Cale, Yo La Tengo, Alex Chilton) at his Beyond Notes studio in Brooklyn. Side B was done with Vallier at Ruminator Audio in San Francisco.
This new Slowness album unfolds as a hybrid between Slowdive, early-Cure and mid-period Neil Young. Often labelled shoegaze or dreampop with elements of slowcore, psych rock and even Krautrock, this music is perhaps best referred to as drone-pop. Imagine Spacemen 3 teaming up with Murmur-era R.E.M. with female harmonies.
Back in 2008, when the band first formed in San Francisco, Julie Lynn and Geoffrey Scott started recording demos, crossing and tripping over wires from the pod to the four track recorder. In 2009, they decided to enlist Erik Karl on drums to help turn those demos into the songs that would become their 2011 debut EP 'Hopeless but Otherwise'.
Eventually Lynn and Scott were joined by drummer Christy Davis, who has been playing for over 30 years with a wide variety of NYC artists, including Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, downtown avant garde artist Rebecca Moore, and political activist Reverend Billy.
As of June 7, the ‘Berths’ album will be available across online stores like iTunes and streaming platforms like Spotify. Slowness will be celebrating their new release with a string ofrelease shows, as follows.
June 7 San Diego - The Whistle Stop with SteilaCoom, Battery Point, Fawns of Love June 8 Los Angeles - Hotel Cafe with SteilaCoom, Fawns of Love June 12 San Francisco - The Make-out Room with Fawns of Love, SteilaCoom, Forest Bees June 20 Brooklyn - Rubulad
ALBUM CREDITS Written by Julie Lynn and Geoffrey Scott Lyrics by Geoffrey Scott Geoffrey Scott - vocals, guitar and keys Julie Lynn - vocals, bass and keys Christy Davis - drums and additional vocals Produced by Monte Vallier Mastered by Carl Saff Side A engineered by Dave Voigt at Beyond Notes Studio in Brooklyn Side B engineered by Monte Vallier at Ruminator Audio in San Francisco
TRACK LIST 1. The Fall 2. Rose 3. Berlin 4. Breathe 5. Sand & Stone 6. Asunder
All photos by Ben Wilson
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