Slow Club “Paradise”

What a surprise that this record is a little slow. It’s not too sleepy, though. “Two Cousins” makes me think of Sinead O’Connor vocally, only with a lot more accompaniment. There’s some synthy stuff, too, which reminds me of Warpaint. I think I’m finally starting to understand what “art rock” is.
Fans of Hope Sandoval will enjoy “Never Look Back.” It’s warm, and it’s inventing. I also like “Hackney Marsh” for the lush melodies, especially in the chorus, which reminds me of Tilly and the Wall.
“You, Earth or Ash” reminds me of Camera Obscura. It’s really easy to listen to, and the song just flies by. The last track has a hidden track at the end. First there’s “Horses Jumping,” which is slow, uninspiring and more than six minutes long. Without delay, “Paradise” comes on — it’s only a hidden track by definition because it’s not on the CD. It’s more experimental, but I can get behind it. If you’re the kind of person who only gets a mocha because it comes with whipped cream, then this is the track for you.

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