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‘Dream Darling’ by The Slow Show

From the symphonic first track (and SEEN’s favourite) ‘Strangers Now’, there’s a thread of regret and loss that runs through ‘Dream Darling’. It’s reflective and mournful yet there’s a bleak note of redemption in every song. We are all love’s fools in the end. Catch them live at London’s Bush Hall on November 25th.

From the symphonic first track (and SEEN’s favourite) ‘Strangers Now’, there’s a thread of regret and loss that runs through ‘Dream Darling’. It’s reflective and mournful yet there’s a bleak note of redemption in every song. We are all love’s fools in the end. Catch them live at London’s Bush Hall on November 25th.

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Vocalist Rob Goodwin has honed his vocal range to become a compelling storyteller. He’s a singer who’s now able to narrate the jilted-at-the-altar heartbreak of ‘Last Man Standing’ or ‘Hurts’ tale of a man offering redemption to a sex worker with the necessary levels of wit and pathos. His voice moves effortlessly between singing and spoken word at times, reminding SEEN of the late Leonard Cohen.

‘Dream Darling’ was recorded at a farmhouse in the Lake District and produced by Goodwin and Fred Kindt, keyboardist. The band would start at 8am and record until 2am, with the night-time studio sessions partly inspiring ‘Dream Darling’s title. Goodwin reflects that “it’s an album written in the dark and worked on late at night. It feels quite a dreamy record. The alliteration is deliberate – I think alliteration is an official theme now for The Slow Show, following the band name and ‘White Water’ for the first album title.”

While they’re proud of Manchester’s heritage, musically The Slow Show stand apart, influenced more by Sigur Ros than New Order or The Stone Roses. “But seeing how many great bands come from Manchester makes you realise you can make it, and that’s important,” says Goodwin.

The Slow Show are: Rob Goodwin (vocals); Fred Kindt (keyboards); Joel Byrne-McCullough (guitar); James Longden (bass); Chris Hough (drums).

Check out the video for their single ‘Ordinary Lives’:

www.theslowshow.co.uk

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

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