Slow Club @ Paper Dress Vintage 6th, 13th, 27th April 2016

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I’ve been supporting Slow Club for a while now and the moment they announced a residency at Hackney’s Paper Dress Vintage I felt obliged to get a ticket. Originally this April residency was for 3 weeks and because the demand was so high the 4th and final date was put on sale. When it comes to bands you love you have to make the most of those dates because you don’t know when they will return (take Marina & The Diamonds for example). Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor are the voices behind Slow Club. Despite being a band this 4 week stint saw them perform as a two piece.

These special shows saw Slow Club road test material from the upcoming 4th album One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore. All in all 13 songs were performed 9 being new cuts and the other 4 being insatiable oldies. “Disclaimer just bare with us. We’re going to acoustically play songs from out new album. That we don’t really know “ Taylor said before they opened up with Come On Poet. Now this evening was a right treat as I was hearing these luscious tunes for the very first time. Back to the song, Come On Poet was a chilled out song aided by Rebecca’s strong soulful vocals. This number was delivered to perfection and delivered with plenty of gusto. “Let’s all chill out. Everyone alright how’s your day? Anything interesting happen to anyone today” Taylor then mentioned to the audience. Rebecca Casanova was a spine tingling Rebecca solo along with some impeccable harmonies by Charles Watson. Now this cut had hypnotising lyrics and a delightful middle 8. It was then time for Big Mirror this being a Watson solo. Charles’s vocals were so rich and those lyrics had me well and truly hooked. Before the next tune Rebecca mentioned that they wrote the 4th album in 8 days plus they had been watching The Walking Dead. It was then onto another hit from that record and this coming in the form of the beautiful Champion. This number had been written to perfection and Rebecca Taylor’s vocals were incredibly sweet. The whole performance actually left me in a complete daze. Let The Blade Do The Work saw Charles take the lead with Rebecca adding the beautiful harmonies. This was a smooth chilled out cut aided by entrancing lyrics. “Imagine me in a mermaid costume with proper scales. And I’m on a rock as a mermaid and there’s loads of of other mermaids” Rebecca Taylor mentioned before delving into Wading In The Warmest Ocean. Anyhow this was a short but sweet cut which sent chills up my spine. Taylor’s vocals were ever so soulful and the delightful lyrics were very quirky. I especially liked the fact she described her idea of a music video. Ancient Rolling Sea was next up and this was an upbeat piano tune which Watson faultlessly delivered to perfection. “This is another song about finding it hard to get out of bed and looking at fucking Facebook all the fucking time” Rebecca then said before they got stuck into the single at the time and this being In Waves. Anyways this was so spectacular, Rebecca Taylor’s vocal tones were candy coated leaving me hypnotised at the same time. “In my 29th year I’ve decided to just say what shit I want. So shut up” Rebecca said to a couple of girls who were chatting during this number. When they restarted there was plenty of applause. Still In Waves was a beautiful tune with lovely lyrics and an insatiable chorus. After Charles launched himself into Where The Light Get Lost. Now this was a sleek song which Watson delivered to perfection. Also Taylor’s vocal harmonies perfectly infused to Watson’s resulting in something that left me spellbound. “Soz to shout at ya, I love talking loads. Don’t hate me” Rebecca said to the two girls. So after Taylor annouced the title of the new album it was then time for the oldies. Not Mine To Love will always be a favourite of mine, Rebecca Taylor’s soulful vocal tones had the hairs on the back of my neck stand on edge. Paraguay And Panama was another tune where Charles Watson took the lead. Now this was a slow paced acoustic cut along with beautiful lyrics and Charles’s exquisite rich vocals. “Thanks that’s made my day” Watson said after there was a rapturous applause. Tears Of Joy was an upbeat jam with catchy lyrics which left me hooked. Wanderer Wandering was a tender piano based cut which saw Watson take the lead and Taylor harmonise. This smooth song was delivered to perfection and it left me completely enthralled. The evening then came to a close with the wondrous Two Cousins. This stripped back cut was literally phenomenal and ended what had been an impeccable gig.

SET LIST

Come On Poet
Rebecca Casonova
Big Mirror
Champion
Let The Blade Do The Work
Wading In The Warmest Ocean
Ancient Rolling Sea
In Waves
Where The Light Gets Lost
Not Mine To Love
Paraguay And Panama
Tears Of Joy
Wanderer Wandering
Two Cousins

Having witnessed the first extraordinary evening I was fortunate to witness another 2 Slow Club shows. Now the set for the second show was exactly the same  minus Wanderer Wandering. “Hi, I sliced my thumb so I’m even worse at guitar than usual. Thanks for coming we’re Slow Club, we’re going to very slowly play the new album to you” Rebecca Taylor then said before opening up with Come On Poet. This was a mellowing tune which Taylor delivered to perfection. Her vocals were strong and they made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on edge. “So we made this album in Richmond with Matthew E White” Rebecca then mentioned before diving into Rebecca Casonova. I really liked this tune because is ever so hypnotic. Delivered at a fast pace, Rebecca Casonova was a chilled out number which left me entranced. Whilst Rebecca sang this cut to perfection Charles did provide the whimsical harmonies. Right at the end they threw in a bit of Mariah Carey’s Without You. Big Mirror was a Charles solo and this sparkling song featured on the PledgeMusic exclusive 7″. Now the vocals were incredibly rich and hypnotic at the same time. “It’s about how much I congratulate myself when getting out of bed” Taylor wittingly said before diving into Champion. The vocals were silky smooth plus I could pick up on sweet soulful vibes. This mesmerising cut had wondrous lyrics which left me hooked. Let The Blade Do The Work was extremely chilled out and Charles took the lead for this sumptuous song. Next it was then time for something short and sweet, this being Rebecca’s very own Wading In The Warmest Ocean Now this song which is the other 1/2 to the PledgeMusic 7″ was delivered to perfection and Taylor’s vocals were Kate Bush esque. Ancient Rolling Sea or A.R.S for short was faultlessly delivered by Watson on the piano. This was a chilled out number which left me enchanted. In Waves left me spellbound and Rebecca Taylor’s vocals were so luscious. The smooth Where The Light Gets Lost was the final newie of the evening and this was a spectacular cut which Charles Watson led. It was then onto the golden oldies first up was Not Mine To Love. Whenever I hear this my jaw literally drops. Rebecca Taylor’s vocal tones radiated plenty of soulful vibes which sent shivers up my spine at the same time. Tears Of Joy was incredibly upbeat and after it was followed up by Paraguay And Panama. Once over the evening then came to an end with the fresh and funky Two Cousins.

SET LIST

Come On Poet
Rebecca Casonova
Big Mirror
Champion
Let The Blade Do The Work
Wading In The Warmest Ocean
Ancient Rolling Sea
In Waves
Where The Light Gets Lost
Not Mine To Love
Paraguay And Panama
Tears Of Joy
Two Cousins

2 weeks after it was time for the final Slow Club residency and again it was exactly the same set apart from one change. “This is the last one, we’ve done this every Wednesday for the whole of this month. It’s the closest to a routine I’ve ever had” Rebecca Taylor wittingly said before they both opened up with Come On Poet. This was a sleek number aided by Taylor’s sublime vocals and then you had Charles who played the piano. Now this number was extremely chilled out and Rebecca delivered this with plenty of gusto. Following on was the beautiful Rebecca Casonova. Delivered at a fast pace this spotless tune left me absolutely mesmerised. “How’s everyone doing?” Charles Watson said before diving into Big Mirror. Now this was a breathtaking number aided by  Watson’s rich vocal tones. After much discussion about Charles’s cat it was then onto a song about not being able to get out of bed. Now the song in question being the whimsical Champion. I literally fell in love with this cut, the vocals sent shivers down my spine and the succulent lyrics had me hooked. After plenty of applause it was then time for Let The Blade Do The Work. Now this was a Charles solo and Rebecca added in the sumptuous harmonies. Still LTBDTW was a laid back tune which left me well and truly hooked. “So does anyone spend alot of time watching crime documentaries. So your lives in a mess, you’re upset, put a crime doc on and be like it’s not that bad. I had a particular tough time in the last 18 months I really loved watching The Jinx. My life was fucking falling apart but I would watch that” Taylor mentioned before they tackled another newie and this being The Jinx. This was the first time I was hearing this number and WOW. The Jinx was a breathtaking tender soulful ballad which had been delivered to perfection. Rebecca’s vocals left me completely enchanted. Ancient Rolling Sea was a mellowed out number which  Watson flawlessly delivered on the piano. In Waves was a hypnotising cut which had been spectacularly delivered. This number was about being depressed laying in bed looking at Facebook. Anyhow In Waves was incredibly sassy. The final new cut of the evening came in the form of Where The Light Gets Lost. Delivered to perfection, this number was a Charles solo along with Rebecca’s gorgeous harmonies. “That’s the end of the new album part. We’re going to play some oldies now” Taylor mentioned before diving into Complete Surrender’s Tears Of Joy. This was an exquisite number which both Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor sang. Both their vocals meshed together perfectly resulting in something spellbinding. My highlight had to be the upbeat chorus “Oh your Tears, tears, tears of joy/ Tears, tears, tears of joy/ Well I’m holding you heart/ And I’m ready to stay/ If you gave me your heart/ I’m ready oh oh I’m ready for it”. “Is that all the thanks. Have I forgotten anyone? I’m quite selfish though” Taylor quipped after thanking people. It was then time for Not Mine To Love. This soulful beautiful ballad was sheer perfection. Rebecca Taylor has a wondrous vocal range and this tune made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on edge. “Thanks to everyone for coming to these shows. Thanks for coming out. It’s really nice to be able to do this” Charles Watson humbly said before launching into his solo and this being the chilling Paraguay And Panama. I found this cut to be rather sleek/ gentle and Charles’s vocals were top notch. “Thanks this has been really lovely” Taylor said before they got stuck into Wanderer Wandering. This tender piano based number which saw Watson take the lead and Taylor provided the harmonies. The only encore of this residency came in the form of the fresh and funky Two Cousins. This tune featured on the Paradise LP which unfortunately didn’t win any awards at all. Still this mumber was perfectly delivered, Rebecca’s vocals were ever so beautiful and those sumptuous lyrics easily had me moving on the spot.

SET LIST

Come On Poet
Rebecca Casonova
Big Mirror
Champion
Let The Blade Do The Work
The Jinx
Ancient Rolling Sea
In Waves
Where The Light Gets Lost
Tears Of Joy
Not Mine To Love
Paraguay And Panama
Wanderer Wandering

ENCORE

Two Cousins

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