The simple, austere music of Alexander Hawthorne’s nebulous solo project Slows Down is nothing short of incantatory. Today, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist, based in London, independently released his debut self-titled EP, which was creatively instigated by travels to India and hitchhiking across the U.S. We are incredibly pleased to premiere the opening track on Slows Down: the slow-churning, venereal melancholia of “The Blues Easing.” The spare and rhythmically desolate tune has Alexander’s melodically stagnant lyrics mixed behind all the brooding atmospherics and dismal droning, at times surging above the haze like some phantasmal mantra.
The rest of the EP plays out like the tensest of Tarantino scenes or a romantic film score to a devastating Western. Sighting acts like Swans and Black Emperor and genres such as 60’s chamber pop and Middle Eastern classical music as touch points from which the EP was created, Slows Down explores an unconventional and atypical rock sensibility that works more towards and achieving one singular mood, one generally defined expanse of ambiance, than anything else. In the words of Alexander, Slows Down is “completely self-contained.” The project was produced, record, mastered and mixed exclusively by himself, and as much is reflected in these immerse and abundantly heady songs. Purchase the EP on 12″ vinyl at Slows Down‘s Bandcamp page.
Stream Slows Down in full below.