Review: Slow Reader

Slow Reader
(Fueled By Ramen)

It is rare that a record leaves me completely speechless, but slow reader, remnants of famed The Impossibles with Rory Phillips and Gabe Hascall has done just that.  Rory has written an absolutely perfect electro acoustic pop record with hi and lo fi that is lyrically engaging and just flat out mellow brilliance.  Musically, expect a mixture of drum sampling, acoustic hooks, spacey keys, and vocal harmonies that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up straight.  The more notable tracks include “cold cold death”, “aging in rhythm”, and “sweetest suffering”, but there is not one blemish on the entire record.  A Slow Reader show would require some big time machinery which would include a big ass computer and an acoustic guitar because there is a significant amount of sampling, but this doesn’’t take away from the record at all.  In fact, the effects and sampling are part of what make this debut so memorable.  Pop brilliance such as this only comes about once in a blue moon.