Idioma disponible: inglésAustralian multi-instrumentalist Simon Okely creates heartfelt soft rock and R&B-inspired balladry under the alias of Slow Dancer. Okely was formerly the guitarist in the indie band Oh Mercy, but in 2013 decided he wanted to branch out on his own, and Slow Dancer was born. He quickly got to work in his home recording studio to produce his debut single, 2013's "Leave It to Me." A year later, he had written enough tracks for his debut album, Surrender, which he self-released in 2014. In the three years that followed, Okely refined his sound and performed in and around his newly acquired hometown of Melbourne. As a live act, Okely often recruited two of his close friends, turning Slow Dancer into a temporary trio. All along he had been working on his second album, recording alone and at night after getting home from his job as a social worker. In early 2017, he released "Don't Believe," the first single from the album. Released by Pieater in his home country and ATO in the U.S., the intimate and soulful In a Mood was issued in June of 2017.
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Alternativa & Indie - Publicado el 9 de junio de 2017 | ATO (UK)
Slow Dancer is the perfect name for Simon Okely's bedroom soft rock project. Another good name would have been Night Dancer, or maybe What Happens When You Are Half Christopher Cross and Half Van Morrison. On the second Slow Dancer album, In a Mood, Okely does a fine job of combining Van's flowing style of lyrical balladry with a soft rocker's ease and sweet smoothness to come up with something almost painfully tender and softer than high-thread-count sheets. Playing everything himself and singing in a voice that's soulfully powerful while still being quiet enough to never wake the neighbors, Okely crafts a sound that's rich and organic on In a Mood, with warm electric keys, lightly distorted electric guitars, and politely tapped drums coming together to give his voice a comforting web of sound to fall back upon. It's nothing new and In a Mood is almost too nostalgic in some spots, but mostly Okely is able to give his retro sound enough personality to own it completely. He never sinks too deeply into the woodwork, even as he sets an unfailingly relaxed mood. There are plenty of songs that have sneakily effective hooks, like the swooning chorus of "It Goes On" and the snaky guitar lines of "Don't Believe." Okely channels Van most effectively on "I Would," with some seriously bubbly bass playing, a lightly sawing string section, and a cinematically sweeping vocal line. Not in felonious fashion; more like Okely has fully ingested the teachings of Morrison and is able to re-create them in his own idiosyncratic way. Other bards who have taught the young lad well are Steely Dan ("Bitter"), America ("I Was Often"), and every late-night crooner of the '70s (the title track). In a Mood is an unassuming treat of an album, and Okely proves himself to be one of the top modern practitioners of this very old, very tired-in-the-wrong-hands sound. In his hands, it feels fresh and vital, as the album is as good as anything that came out in the first wave of soft rock. © Tim Sendra /TiVo