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Trophy Room by Slow Club

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Reviewed on 4th October 2009.

 
 

Trophy Room

By Slow Club

'Yeah So,' Slow Club's debut album, never really impressed me when it was first released in July. I only listened to it once; they sounded like any other indie-folk outfit that are finding relative success at the moment. It was all too 'nice;' I'd even go as far as to say 'cute.' There was nothing edgy or raw on the record; nothing that grabbed me. And the track 'Trophy Room' didn't stand out as being any different.
 
But now as I listen to it as a single, I'm starting to look at it and the band in a different light. It doesn't just feel like a chirpy folk-pop song that I thought characterised Slow Club. At first I thought the Los Campesinos!-esque vocals were annoying; now I find them quite endearing. In fact, there's a lot of hidden depth to the band, marked by the subtle acoustic guitar and drum arrangement, the delicate harmonies and the revealing, personal lyrics: "and all these new friends stare and remind me / Of what I haven't got." Yet, what I find most impressive about this single, is its B-side 'Thighs,' a melancholic tale of innocent "love that's been lost," in which the harmony "it's time to move on" seems to eerily mark and echo throughout the entire song. Beautifully crafted and produced, it shows a maturity both artistically and lyrically that I didn't think they possessed.
 
Without doubt, although this is by no means great, it does come to show that behind the 'sugary' facade of Slow Club, there is a lot more to offer.

 

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