Posts Tagged ‘Slow Loris’

Sightings: Slow Loris, “Madeline”

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Madison, WI’s Wes Doyle–aka Slow Loris–serves up some of the most impressively well crafted bedroom pop from the internet-ether on his new release Routine Glow. Although not terribly far removed sound-wise from last year’s Extra Colors, these songs feel more fully realized and swell with a rare confidence and swagger. Doyle no longer seems interested in dabbling with dizzy, one-off track experiments and instead presents a cohesive long player; equal parts exciting and chill.

Album closer and highlight “Madeline” showcases his full-form vision well. Much like last year’s “We Were Never Alone“, the track saunters through five minutes of introspective, lazy-afternoon walks where you realize everything will be alright. But here Doyle allows a rolling snowball chord progression and simple beat do most of the talking and trades-in slick pentatonics for a fully fledged solo. “Madeline” is a nice, self-actualized bedroom gem, but try not to forget the point. It’s all gonna be OK.

Slow Loris, “Madeline” (Routine Glow, Self-Released)

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Words: Marc Picciolo

Download and stream all of Routine Glow, and pre-order the album on vinyl via Bandcamp.

Sightings: Slow Loris, “We Were Never Alone”

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

As human beings we should all have a plan for dealing with disappointment. A strategy so that if the plaster walls you construct around your psyche crack and crumble you are in position with a nail and hammer. Occasionally we forget all about this blueprint. Instead of rebuilding, we come home from dead-end jobs that require a work uniform and pinned-on name tag and sit in silent brooding. Silent brooding, only because any music we might play to improve our rapidly degrading mood will only remind us of lost, happier times, or worse–a recent heartbreak.

Quietly sincere bedroom pop like that of Wisconsin’s Slow Loris exists for those of us stuck in this sort of rut. Tracks like “We Were Never Alone” provide friendship and warmth through soothing pentatonic riffs and slowly strummed chords. They provide the soundtrack for the otherwise frustratingly silent nights, and offer motivation to rebuild and move on.

Slow Loris, “We Were Never Alone”

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