THE SLOW SHOW
UNVEIL THE VIDEO FOR ‘ORDINARY LIVES’
THE NEW SINGLE PREMIERED ON BBC 6 MUSIC IMPACTING NOVEMBER 25
WATCH ON VEVO HERE
FROM NEW ALBUM ‘DREAM DARLING’ OUT NOVEMBER 25 ON HALDERN POP RECORDINGS
“Rob Goodwin doesn’t sing the songs, he drawls them with a rasp that feels like cleaning your ears with diamonds” Louder Than War
“Building from gentle, placid Americana to enormous choruses driven by the added bonus of a colliery brass band, The Slow Show have a deeply emotional impact” Clash
“…a cocktail of The Tindersticks, The National, Lou Reed and Bowie, but without an obvious comparison to any of them” folkradio.co.uk
“These images are dedicated to people who have been forgotten. People who loved and were loved, crossed other people’s paths and touched their lives. Who lived their ordinary and not so ordinary lives.”
SpringerParker, director ‘Ordinary Lives’
The Slow Show have today unveiled an unusual and touching video for new single ‘Ordinary Lives’. Impacting on November 25, the track was premiered on BBC 6Music yesterday by Nemone (standing in for Shaun Keaveny), and the Manchester five-piece were in session on Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show last Saturday, listen here http://bbc.in/2e0jVe8
The video for ‘Ordinary Lives’ has been created from vintage photographs found in a series of photo albums dating from the 1960s to the 1980s. Using a technique called parallax animation, parts of each photo have been animated dimensionally, in this case in a very subtle way like simple movements, scales, and fades. The effect is hauntingly poignant.
Say the video’s director SpringerParker: Most of the photographs show a woman standing somewhere in a scenery – scenes from life and travels, being taken by her husband, who unintentionally but naturally documented the change of the times, by means of fashion, hairstyles, cars, the photo material itself and last but not least, the ageing of his wife.
We can only assume that the couple passed away years ago, along with their stories, and the fact that nobody was interested in keeping the photos inspired us to bring these forgotten memories back to life. These images are dedicated to people who have been forgotten, people who loved and were loved, crossed other people’s paths and touched their lives. People who lived their ordinary and not so ordinary lives.
Watch the video:
‘Ordinary Lives’ is the first single to be taken from ‘Dream Darling’, the follow up to The Slow Show’s acclaimed 2015 debut ‘White Water’. ‘Dream Darling’ is an album that any adult who’s lived a little can identify with; there is a hard-won optimism in its 10 graceful songs. It’s music made by five men who, as singer Rob Goodwin explains, have “gone through the typical life-changing experiences that men in their late thirties and forties experience.” Whether that’s the romantic regret of the Tindersticks-inflected drama of ‘Breaks Today’ or overcoming loss in first single ‘Ordinary Lives’, this is music to live in.
Having been offered tours in Germany and Switzerland almost immediately after the band formed in 2010, The Slow Show are now a major cult concern and festival regulars in mainland Europe, where they’re signed to Haldern Pop Recordings, the label formed by the team behind the successful festival. At home, their music has been championed by DJs at BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 ever since their debut EP, 2012’s ‘Brother’.
The Slow Show: Rob Goodwin (vocals); Fred Kindt (keyboards); Joel Byrne-McCullough (guitar); James Longden (bass); Chris Hough (drums)
The Slow Show, European headline tour November 2016, UK dates.
Nov 25 London, Bush Hall
Nov 26 Bristol, The Louisiana
Nov 27 Ramsgate, Music Hall
Nov 28 Leeds, Brudenell Games Room
Nov 29 Manchester, Gorilla