A creative and colorful duo from Sheffield, England who continue to evolve in unexpected and sophisticated directions, Britain’s Slow Club have managed to be cute, musically sophisticated and stripped-down soulful in the course of their comparatively brief career.
Complete Surrender, the accomplished and subtle third album by Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson—who are indeed Slow Club—is graced by impeccable production courtesy of Colin Elliot and a sense of songs that, even stripped down to the bare essentials, would still resonate as songs, and not gimmicky personality pieces.
Following its jaunty predecessor Paradise by nearly three years, the new album is the result of a steady bout of touring, say the pair, and playing music both new and old in front of live and reactive audiences rather than creating new stuff as they went along in the studio.
Earlier this month Slow Club stopped by the Yahoo studios in Santa Monica one morning and gave us—and you—a taste of the new album via a stirring mini-set of three songs, featuring each singer solo and, in complete effect, together. It was quite good, quite stirring, and the sort of quality experience you’ll hear with great regularity on Complete Surrender, out this week on Wichita Recordings and very much worth your while. Give it a listen and see.