The first UK release on German label Haldern Pop Recordings, White Water is one of those intimate, oh so humble records in that North Western Elbow mold. The Slow Show just so happen to hail from Manchester too, with singer Rob Goodwin’s baritone vocals fusing that Garveyian drawl with the baritone sonorities of Matt Berninger. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Haldern Pop.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 04 March 2015
An awful word appears in the press info on this. One which after several recent atrocities should no longer be used in the English language. But even a reference to Elbow hasn’t put me off to listening to this. I’m getting very brave in my old age.
Musically they have a lot in common with the by-numbers indie-lite of ‘gravel’ Garvey and his gang but vocally we are talking a different kettle of fish. The singer’s rich dark tones have exactly the same timbre and inflections as the guy out of Crash Test Dummies. What it all results in is a kind of grandiose poetic music that will appeal to lots of people. ‘Long Way From Home’ has the kind of atmospherics that are descended from post rockers like Explosions in the Sky but sandpapered off they sound very much like Lanterns on the Lake.
The music throughout is similarly tasteful, takes no risks whatsoever but is topped off by a voice you’ll either love or hate and is waaay too polished and focus group led for my tastes. They’ll get a few adverts out of it even if the public don’t take to his voice.
9/10 Terence Barnett Customer review, 8th March 2015
You love music. Where are the new artists to make you passionate, sad, exhilarated , really move you to tears in these fragile times when you are bombarded with stress from without and within? Step forward The Slow Show, a Manchester band who can really write songs -- traditional songs maybe, or is it their 'salvation army' brass that lulls you into a false sense of comfort when these beautiful compositions unfold? It is not necessarily love at first listen, as the songs creep into your heart and memory and stay a while at first -- but all of a sudden you are addicted and keep coming back for that feeling of elation. Standouts 'Augustine' 'Paint You Like A Rose' and 'Brother' deal in loss and regret for lovers, family and treasured times snatched away without reason -- they're never forgotten, as they will always mean so much. Robert Goodwin sings in a soulful Tom Waits/Nick Cave dolorous heartfelt croon, with sweet words thatwill moisten the eye of the sensitive soul. Guitars chime and venture in and out of songs as do pianos ,just staying long enough to conjure up a tune or take a song deeper. If you crave emotion through subtle song-writing in the vein of bands like 'The National 'or 'Pale Seas', then you will find White Water a lovely lovely record.
8/10 Marshall Peters Customer review, 5th March 2015
I had the opportunity to hear this new album recently and have to say was at first sceptical my pre- listening after reading and hearing the comparisons being made online and in reviews, but how my judgement was overshadowed when I listened to the album all the way through by the brilliance and beauty of this well crafted album. The young Goodwins vocals are something else and absorb you from the offset into the carefully crafted & engaging songs cloaked in superbly produced and arranged piano,string and colliery brass arrangements.
This album from these Manchester newcomers will continue to grow amongst the masses no doubt. I am a serious fan!
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