November 29, 2016

EP: Slow Loris - Favorite Sweater

Slow Loris' Favorite Sweater is much more than a pop-party album.

Slow Loris might try to pass off their new EP, Favorite Sweater, as a pop-party album. Although it's for sure festive and dance-y, it's also a hell of a lot more. Favorite Sweater has all of the finesse of higher art form experimental pop zeal shown by bands like The Flaming Lips and Growing Pasta, but without any of the pretentiousness. It's got all the humor and carnival energy of Moxie Fruvous, but missing any of the creepy and “sophisticated” entitlement that sometimes comes with the genre. But enough about what this EP isn't - its music is far better at portraying what it actually is: awesome.

“A Mess” kicks off the album, and starts with a playful, frolicking sort of violin riff. This is a band that prides itself on not having a single guitar, and that fact shines all over with defiance and glam. The first song is sort of a four-way duel between the violinist, synth player, and two harmonizing vocalists. The drums are simple, but in a way that only an experienced drummer could pull. The vocals in Slow Loris are a breath of fresh air in their creativity. They have a character to them that is snarky yet playful, and makes them glow brilliantly. The vocals really get a chance to shine on the second track, “Red Shoes,” which allows the lyrics about overcoming leftover feelings from a toxic relationship to blast right through.

The four tracks aren't too long, but instead just the right length to allow each player a chance in the spotlight in a real, nitty-gritty way. Every movement by each musician has purpose, which is somewhat unexpected from a band of such accomplished musicians. Usually groups like this end up immersed in inner turmoil over who gets to be special. On the contrary, Slow Loris provides us with a single, powerful united front. This crew of obvious theater kids hands over quite the anthem with “Words That Dance,” an innocent little title for such a big song. The track is almost too short, but sometimes that's the strength to keeping them wanting more. This power continues into “You Have No Right,” which perfectly ties up the album. The entirety of Favorite Sweater feels like it leads up to this point, with the singers belting out the track's title with everything they have; the violin cutting through with fast chops, the bass chasing the drums everywhere. It's the final anthem that gives us the strength to, for lack of better words, Dump Him.


Listen to Slow Loris on bandcamp.

Ruune Magick is an ex-nomadic performer/current village witch living in New England. You can find their twitter during some moon phases at @ruunemagick.