My girlfriend’s flat has some of the best views of Liverpool. Whenever I stay here, waking up in the morning feels like a privilege, getting to look out at the Mersey skyline and watch as the city comes alive and goes about its business. I didn’t think this could get any better until today, but it has. I’ve discovered the perfect soundtrack for sights like this, and that is the new release by The Slow Painters, which is a double A-side featuring The Happy Murdered and About The Holidays.
The Happy Murdered is a wonderfully soothing track in which the band plays in perfect unison, and this provides an effective bed for the soaring and emotive vocals that will no doubt pierce the heart of most listeners. You can practically feel the pain coming from the speakers as the song rings out, and it’s always amazing when a track can accurately represent complex human experiences in such a short space of time. With a combination of intricate guitar sounds all coming together, the finished product is masterfully produced and will impress those with an ear for audio engineering.
Following The Happy Murdered comes About The Holidays. This song shares all of the elements that make the previous offering so good, and yet there’s an undoubtedly darker tone present throughout the experience. Deeper vocals and droning guitar tones fill the soul from the moment it begins. The Slow Painters have managed to do something few bands can in this release, by putting out two tunes that sound similar enough while remaining inherently unique and moving in their own rite.
The Nordic four-piece have previously wowed listeners with Egon, and now they’ve proven that they have so much more to give. Now, go and perch yourself in the comfiest spot you can find and let yourself be taken by the alluring power of The Happy Murdered and About The Holidays.