03.17.13 — “Beginners” by Slow Club

Slow Club

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Beginners” by Slow Club (2011, from the album Paradise).

Slow Club is a folk/indie pop duo of Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson from Sheffield, England who have released two albums. Their sophomore album, Paradise came out in the autumn of 2011 and was met with critical acclaim. Actually, the metacritic score of 81% gets the designation of “universal acclaim”.

While the band officially consists merely of Taylor and Watson, they have a support band. Taylor plays drums on the album, but they have a drummer and a bassist when they play live.

I can’t remember how I first learned about Slow Club, but I listened to Paradise for the first time in a while this morning, and I was surprised to learn that I haven’t ever written about them.

I know nothing about the band, and Paradise is the only record of theirs that I have, but I really like it. Since I don’t have any stories to tell about them, I’ll get right to the song.

“Beginners” by Slow Club

I love how uncomplicated but awesome the drums are. I’m guessing that on the record, it’s a programmed loop. A quick youtube search yielded a couple of live performances of the song with a live drummer playing a slightly different, slightly more complex pattern. That’s not the point, though.

It’s my understanding that on their first record, they utilize more of those co-ed vocal harmonies that I always like so much. On this record, and certainly on this song, Rebecca Taylor takes the lead. I really like the bits where they harmonize, and I also really like the bits where her vocals are layered on themselves and on another of her vocal tracks.

In some ways — and I guess this shouldn’t be so surprising — the sum of Paradise makes me think of Wye Oak. Except that Wye Oak really is just a duo. It’s kind of impressive, by the way, to see Wye Oak’s Andy Stack simultaneously play drums with one hand and keyboards with the other. That’s not the point, though.

You can buy Paradise through the amazon store here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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