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As with Brian Eno’s finest moments and David Sylvian’s ambient explorations, Slow Dancing Society music manages to dissolve its temporal markers and speak about moments removed from time. It talks to the delicious flaws of memory and feeling whilst never sullying itself with literality or simple documentation. less

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[ The Sound of Lights When Dim ] is a sumptuous unfolding ride towards a fading horizon. As with Eno’s finest moments and Sylvian’s ambient explorations, this work manages to dissolve its temporal markers and speak about moments removed from time. It talks to the delicious flaws of memory and feeling whilst never sullying itself with literality or simple documentation.

[ The Slow and Steady Winter ] From the outset The Slow and Steady Winter sets itself up to be an epic. Clocking in at over an hour long and comprising of only eight tracks the album paints its majestic landscapes with both measure and purpose, unfolding a sound that moves from immersive ambient evocations to beatific bliss rock. The Slow and Steady Winter is not concerned with singularity but rather the totality of experience.

The album is a gorgeously choreographed chronicle of a Spokane winter from the ice covered fields of ‘The Early Stages of Decline’ to the thawed warm edges of spring in ‘February Sun’. The album serves as a wonderful progression from Slow Dancing Society’s previous work both in sound and mood. In part it presents a much darker vision while still radiating an ineffable sense of humanity and heart. The Slow and Steady Winter is the eagerly anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed debut album The Sound of Lights When Dim also available through Hidden Shoal Recordings.

[ Priest Lake Circa '88 ] Following on from the ice-sculpted cinematics of the critically praised The Slow and Steady Winter, Priest Lake Circa ’88 is Drew Sullivan’s finest work to date. In essence, it is the second part of a double album that began with The Slow and Steady Winter, acting as a long-distance conclusion to the double album’s narrative arc. Priest Lake Circa ’88 exudes restraint and repose, yet is so richly melodic and full. While the album draws its raw form from ambient music, post rock and even dream pop, it is masterfully crafted into something that could only ever find itself under the Slow Dancing Society moniker. The album speaks of both departure and eventual return, and perhaps in its broadest sense the notion of “home”. Above all, this is music to bathe in: warm, steamy and all-encompassing.

[ Under The Sodium Lights ] Following on from the ebullient warmth of the critically acclaimed Priest Lake Circa ’88, Under The Sodium Lights is Drew Sullivan’s latest ambient epic. The album feels like a distillation of the three stunning releases that preceded it – and as such is Sullivan’s finest work to date. The delicate interplay between focused melodic details and blurred washes of sound draws the listener into a hypnotised state, where the waking world and the world of sleep cascade in and out of balance.

First single ‘…and to the dust we shall return’ sees the gradual accretion of reverberant guitar tones, emerging from the silence as sparse reflections across the stereo field. Slow searching melodies overlap and accumulate before a descending bass figure carries the song home to its elegiac conclusion. From the luscious, tactile dream of ‘The Songs In Your Eyes’ to hopeful finale ‘Love Is On The Way’, Under The Sodium Lights resonates with a rich emotional core – and the choking realisation of our own transience. The album rewards immersive listening from start to finish, to really soak in its beauty.

[ And To The Dust We Shall Return ] Following on from the ebullient warmth of the critically acclaimed Priest Lake Circa ’88, ‘…and to the dust we shall return’ is the perfect introduction to Drew Sullivan’s latest ambient epic, Under The Sodium Lights. Accompanied by a stunning video by Latvian filmmaker Ieva Balode, this glorious seven-minute song sees the gradual accretion of reverberant guitar tones, emerging from the silence as sparse reflections across the stereo field. Slow searching melodies overlap and accumulate before a descending bass figure carries the song home to its elegiac conclusion. The song, like all Slow Dancing Society releases, resonates with a rich emotional core – and the choking realisation of our own transience.

The video (included with this download) for ‘…and to the dust we shall return’ was created by Latvian filmmaker and artist Ieva Balode. Currently studying at the Latvian Academy of Art, Balode has taken part in many exhibitions in Latvia, and has also presented her own solo exhibition in the capital, Riga, where she currently lives and works.

[ I'll Leave A Light On ] Built around chiming, delayed guitars but never succumbing to their delicious momentum, ‘I’ll Leave A Light On’ sees Slow Dancing Society evolving once more, masterfully adjusting his tonal palette to create a gleaming musical universe. Like a trance breakdown that threatens to build into a booming pay-off but never does, ‘I’ll Leave A Light On’ leaves the listener perpetually gazing into an undersea abyss, suspended agog.

‘I’ll Leave A Light On’ is taken from the forthcoming fifth Slow Dancing Society album Laterna Magica. Underpinned by his gorgeous trademark guitar drift and warm synth wash, yet sparingly propelled by throbbing electronic undercurrents, the tracks on Laterna Magica demonstrate another key progression in the Slow Dancing Society discography, which is becoming one of the essential bodies of work in contemporary ambient music.

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2012 – I’ll Leave A Light On
2010 – …And To The Dust We Shall Return

NOTE that most of the title on the artist BandCamp is set at a fixed price except for the two singles [ I'll Leave A Light On ] and [ ...And To Dust We Shall Return ]. That said the music is all good and totally worthy. Well I think we all know that I mean we talking [ Slow Dancing Society ]. The person behind the scene does got a history in the music industry.

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Artist – Slow Dancing Society
Album – I’ll Leave A Light On
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock

Tracklist

I’ll Leave a Light On [ 05:06 ]
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Slow Dancing Society – I’ll Leave A Light On
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Artist – Slow Dancing Society
Album – …And To The Dust We Shall Return
Release Date – 2010
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock

Tracklist

01 – … and to the dust we shall return [ 07:20 ]
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Slow Dancing Society – …And To The Dust We Shall Return
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Artist – Slow Dancing Society
Album – Under The Sodium Lights
Release Date – 2010
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock

Tracklist

01 – Slow Dancing Society – The Songs In Your Eyes
02 – Slow Dancing Society – Under The Sodium Lights
03 – Slow Dancing Society – Laura’s Dream
04 – Slow Dancing Society – A Year Of Yesterdays
05 – Slow Dancing Society – …And To The Dust We Shall Return
06 – Slow Dancing Society – By Your Side
07 – Slow Dancing Society – Love Is On The Way
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Slow Dancing Society – Under The Sodium Lights
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The Slow and Steady Winter

Artist – Slow Dancing Society
Album – The Slow And Steady Winter
Release Date – 2007
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock

Tracklist

1 The Early Stages of Decline 15:20
2 Depths of December 6:40
3 A Slow and Steady Winter 6:25
4 The Time We’ve Spent 5:33
5 Never Ending 8:00
6 Romantica 7:40
7 The Rest of Our Lives 6:50
8 February Sun 7:47
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Slow Dancing Society – The Slow And Steady Winter
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The Sound of Lights When Dim

Artist – Slow Dancing Society
Album – The Sound of Lights When Dim
Release Date – 2006
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock

Tracklist

1 Be There 4:11
2 Radiance 4:32
3 The Delicate Sound of Silence 7:07
4 A Song That Will Help You Remember to Forget 6:14
5 The Warm Familiar Smell of September 4:08
6 West of 4th (Kristina’s Song) 8:08
7 How Life Was Meant to Be Lived 8:36
8 A Lonesome Sentiment 7:24
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Slow Dancing Society – The Sound of Lights When Dim
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Priest Lake Circa '88

Artist – Slow Dancing Society
Album – Priest Lake Circa ’88
Release Date – 2008
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock

Tracklist

1 Forever Young 2:05
2 Glimmer and Gleam 6:36
3 This Lilac Life 6:33
4 Sun Spots 10:21
5 The Red Summer Sun 13:25
6 Pastel Dusk 8:10
7 A Warm Glow 7:42
8 The Iridescence of Innocence 13:59
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Slow Dancing Society – Priest Lake Circa ’88
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