First in a trilogy of limited EPs from Deep Distance, 10” vinyl EP with embossed sleeves presented in label bags. Limited pressing of 300. Matthew Simms is firstly known as the Wire guitarist. Currently working on solo material from his home studio in Kent, this 10” represents his first outing under the moniker Slows.
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As words become all used up there are a lot of plural bands around at the moment. Here is Slows which is actually latterday Wire guitarist Matthew Simms who has constructed these pastoral electronic compositions in his studio in the Kent countryside. if I had a studio in the countryside, it’s very possible I might want to make music like this. It’s rolling, lolling synth based music that is enormously relaxing to the ear.
The gentle evocations recall most obviously Terry Riley ‘s 70’s work as well as Brian Eno’s ‘Music for Airports’. There are two long tracks with no titles, marked out only by their length. Like an idiot I’ve played the AA side first which is absolutely gorgeous, subtle and gentle synths flutter away lulling the listener into a sense of absolute calm. Overleaf there is a dronier piece which develops slowly into a more kosmische workout. It’s wierdly rhythmic and you sort of wait for some kraut rock style drums which never arrive. Fans of 70’s pastoral synth will absolutely lap this up.
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