Slowner Album Review/Stream [Fuzzy Cracklins 2019]
About The Band
If you were to ask Slowner to describe themselves, they will tell you that they are “…a Stoner / Doom band from Recife, PE, Brazil that formed in October 2018, inspired by the Stoner Rock of the 90s with influences from the 70s and the dirt and aggressiveness of Doom.”
Since the release of this EP in July, Slowner has certainly caught some attention on the international scene lately with their debut self-titled EP. Little is known from the quartet outside the fact that they are obviously bringing the fuzzy flavor and representing Brazil in a growing international scene in the above-mentioned genres.
So with this formula that Slowner stands by, does it make them stand out in a good way or is it back to the drawing board?
Slowner’s EP comprises of 5 songs, 4 of which are of an average 5-minute time format with the 5th track “Witch” going all out at over 9 minutes. So there is something to appeal to different preferential listeners of the genre.
The really cool thing is that the first 4 tracks are basic song structure, which always works in my opinion, but the breakdowns are absolutely rifftastic. The blending was very well done. The general tone and style are exactly what Slowner claims. With Sabbath inspired riffs there was also a twinge of that 90’s indie rock style. A lot of it is considered “Stoner Rock or Metal” nowadays, but growing up in the era of The Melvins, Jesus Lizard, Godheadsilo, Mount Shasta and The Cows, to name a few, I definitely heard this familiar sound back then and it was welcoming to hear this incorporated into what can be an over-saturated sound coming out of the Orange and Green amps of this genre. Tracks like “Any Street” and "Split” had some simple, yet addictive riffs that have kept me coming back. An interesting thing is that the further the EP goes, the music just gets darker and doomier. Closing out with “Witch” was a wise choice in showing a full musical array of what Slowner can do.
A unique thing that also caught me was the style of the bass in the album. Renata adds a lot of deep flavor to Slowner’s sound and audible energy with a very classic 90’s electric bass sound. Not only is Renata not smothered underneath the other instruments, but every member can be heard in crisp, near-flawless fashion. The production value, mixing, and mastering gave a very pro and polished sound. Mixed and mastered by Júnior Supertramp, the sound is good. Audiophiles should enjoy the effort in production on this EP.
Lucas’s vocals complement the songs nicely. It doesn’t sound out of place on top of his and Issac’s sometimes catchy and hook-ish Sabbath and The Melvins influenced guitar playing, topped with psychedelic styled solos. Renata’s bass digs deep while. drummer Gabriel keeps things basic in his drum-playing but still keeps the pace up nicely. None of the song’s drag and that’s always a good thing.
This was a fun listen. I really enjoyed some of the riffs, Little things nowadays can make a big difference and Slowner was not a letdown. Most of the songs are shorter than the usual stereotypical stoner rock standard and maybe a little formulaic, but for me, it was refreshing and I saw nothing wrong with it as the breakdowns were transitioned well. This to me is a good album to start someone out introducing them to the Doom and Stoner Rock wonderland of riffs, occultism and good times. Slowner made a good statement with this album and I look forward to their other work going forward.