Featured in my June Music submissions, here’s a review of the debut album “Prologue” by Finland’s “Slowrun”!
As mentioned in the june music submission compilation, Slowrun plays rather classic postrock on the melancholic side of things. I like the melancholic side in Postrock because there’s a chance that the music can have an emotional impact if done correctly. Luckily, Slowrun achieves this, but not through the whole album. Let’s walk through all 6 tracks on this debut album called Prologue.
1. Approaching (7.45)
Approaching starts off with a distinct guitar (right in the middle between an electric and acoustic guitar) sound that you can hear during the whole album. After 2.40 minutes the track shifts to a more interesting tune of careful orchestrated drums, background guitar and two lead-guitars. On a whole, the track ripples a bit and I was constantly waiting for that connection that I couldn’t really find in this track. Not a bad start for the album but the opener of this album is not the track to lure me in.
2. On a Fading Road (8.18)
Nope, the big draw-in track of this album is the second one, called On a Fading Road. The title is already a bit dream-like and is accompanied by that great emotional flow that Postrock can achieve. The track starts off ok enough, with guitar-waves and a picking lead guitar playing a relaxing composition. After 3.30 minutes, there’s a different direction to the track introducing shoegaze-like synths that lures me in. After a while, the guitar tunes kicks in with simple but very effective tunes. The drums starts coming through and yes, this is exactly why the band sparked my interest. The track ends at it’s highest peak with some great drumming.
3. Ripples and Time (8.52)
A great combination of subtle drums, the bass guitar and the guitar-waves at the start of this track. It takes a while to fully develop but around 4.30 minutes, the track opens up and makes for a nice track that leaves me a bit uninspired.
4. Glow in Isolation (4.37)
The start of this track brings hope for another emotional tune like track 2. It has an ambient vibe with lot’s of subtle but great synth-sounds. At 1:50 you start to hear some distorted sound-effect which could hope for the guitar to kick in, but alas, that’s not the case. No, it gets even better! Instead of a guitar, there’s a magical subtle piano that carries the track. It’s all so subtle but in the right mood, this track can carry you to different places. Around 3.40, far away in the background, you can hear a guitar playing. At the end of the song, there’s an opening for some shredding guitar work, but alas, this magical track ends and the ending of this track isn’t the start of the next song. Well, we can always imagine a bit should Slowrun make a connecting tune to this track. It’s great, nevertheless.
5. Escapism (6.00)
Great Postrock can be the right recipe for Escapism: leave reality, go far away from your daily trouble. This track has the right title, but it starts too loud to achieve this. As if Slowrun already discovered this, at the 3 minutes mark the track slows down a bit with bright guitar tunes and nothing else. At around 3.50 there’s a lead guitar and some drums resulting in a track that does properly fit the title. I can see myself lying in the grass, watching the sun and the clouds while listening to this track. There’s even a subtle acoustic guitar accompanying the sound of this track. As if this is not enough, the track ends rather upbeat with nice loud guitar-waves, but still hitting that melancholic peak needed for escapism: it’s a very well done track with a bit of a shitty opening 🙂
6. Void (10.19)
Void starts of a bit dark. Heavy distorted guitars in the background which sounds a bit haunting. A lead guitar starts and carries the track for the next 5 minutes. In combination with lots of drum-symbols sounds, the track is tarting to get a bit more uplifting. Until the 5.30 mark that is, when some heavy drum- thumping starts off along heavy guitar waves that gives the track a more dark atmosphere. At around 7.18, the track is in its climax. It’s dark, heavy and very different for the overall atmosphere of this album.
Slowrun lured me in a month ago and now, after a couple of extensive listening-sessions, here’s the review. If you read it, you’ll notice gaps between songs but also between sections of songs. I’m still intrigued and interested by Finnish Slowrun. It’s like a rough diamond. I don’t know which direction they want to go. Personally,l I like the more melancholic and slower sections of their tracks. For me, that’s where the magic is with this album. The louder sections feel a bit more generic. The album as it is, is still recommended. Track 2, 4 and 5 are for sure worth the €4 you’ll have to pay on Bandcamp for the album. I’m very eager to know which direction Slowrun will go, but…. their band name alone suggests the right way!