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Since when did folk music become cool? Probably around the time that Slow Club decided to write Two Cousins, the lead single on their new album Paradise. The duo hail from Sheffield, a city that brought us The Arctic Monkeys and The Long Blondes, but Slow Club offers us a much more relaxed mix of broken down drumbeats and intense vocals by lead singer Rebecca Taylor. Both members of the band look to have been photoshopped in as some sort of weird experiment, and it is hard to think of a situation when these two people would be together.
Taylor favours the hippy-meets-high street look whereas fellow vocalist Charles Watson is the Carling-clutching musician stereotype that we have come to recognise (and avoid). The band has yet to make a huge impact on the British charts, but you’ve probably heard a lot of their music tainted by Macleans toothpaste adverts in recent years. A topless guy brushing his teeth – surprisingly hot. The band has previously supported folk besties Tilly and the Wall, and have made a name for themselves through their use of unusual percussion instruments such as glass bottles and chairs (cut to us hitting everything in sight with our sharpie…)
The album offers a great mix of bouncy folk tracks alongside several bluesy numbers, which really show off the unbelievable scope of this band. Never Look Back and Hackney Marsh are perfect sunset soundscapes that will easily see us through a couple of bottles of wine. The mix of the tracks does show some of the bands naivety, and it is clear that they are still trying a range of ideas to see which one works best. But the simplicity that this folk couple evoke in tracks such as The Dog is a refreshing change from the gimmicky, showboating that a lot of artists are deciding to go with (not that we don’t appreciate the sequins and leather) and this is where the band shines. With the release of this, their second album, the band no doubt hope to capitalise on the public’s desperate attempts to hold on to the summer.
We would like to see these two swap make up regimes.
Paradise is out on 12 Sept. Myspace.com/slowclub
ALSO: They're playing Sheperds Bush Empire on 26 September.
Words: Paul Middleton