He might be in a bit of a mood but it's the kind of relaxed yacht rock ish mood that you'll enjoy if you like Mac DeMarco, Lindsay Buckingham, Conan Mockasin and even Flight of the Conchords. His voice is a bit weird but this has the sultry laid back feel of driving down the coast in some kind of nostalgic daydream. That voice is really weird though.
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Why would you call a band Slow Dancer? What is it in either of those two words that would make you want to listen to it? First up - 'slow' - that would bring to mind something not that interesting. What good thing has ever been Slow...Eric 'slowhand' Clapton? Everything slow is dull. Then there's 'dancer', at best that just brings to mind Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer', at worst the Killers "Are We Human" (or are we dancer). Who dances? Do you dance? Honestly what is this preoccupation with dancing?
I've spent the time I took to write that trying to get used to Simon Okely's voice but I can't. It has that strangulated snarl that sits somewhere between Bill Withers and Flight of the Conchords. He plays a kind of 'light soul' which I imagine is good for smooching... or perhaps slow dancing. On 'I Would' I've decided that his voice sounds a bit like Mark Mulcahy with a frog in his throat. This is more like it - it's a nice breeze with hints of 'Astral Weeks' in the woody instrumentation. The soft shoe shuffle also reminds me a bit of Lambchop.
It's nice light jazzy and non-threatening soul pop but I can't get the hang of the upper reaches of his voice so I'm pretty much screwed.
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