It’s not usually the best of starts when a band comes preloaded with a warning notice. With the precursor ‘This is a series of songs written in single sittings and should be treated in such. This is a documentation of my works in progress… Enjoi’ embellishing it’s header image, Slow Us Down’s bandcamp page, you get the sense that this isn’t the work of your usual enigmatic solo producer. tagged speculatively with ‘chillwave’, ‘indie’, ‘lofi’ and ‘pop’, you get the sense that the creator of these works doesn’t quite understand the excellence of what he has stumbled across in his sessions.
There are rough edges, but it’s difficult to take anything away from an act who has had tracks sitting around since last August and received such minimal fanfare that it almost defies belief. The tracks themselves deal in the same glowing glory that have served a generation of musicians well whilst showing little sign of aging. There’s little that’s overly unique on show here, but it’s notable just how accomplished most of this sounds, with the excellence of opening track Waterside is one that refuses to fade, taking notes from the likes of The Drums but coming across infinitely more fragile – perhaps the least surprising of revelations, all things considered.