Every once in awhile in the hazy quagmire of bands with releases that fall a little bit short of exceptional, one will come along and take your breath away. ‘Ease’, the debut EP by Belgian shoegazers Slow Crush, did just that.
Before Slow Crush’s debut album ‘Aurora’ and the relentless touring schedule that ensued (including a US tour, festival appearances and a headline UK tour), ‘Ease’ served as an introduction for their blend of ethereal and infectious dream pop-meets-shoegaze. Songs such as ‘Sway’ and ‘Linger’ masterfully nod to greats such as My Bloody Valentine and Ride, whilst bringing a refined and contemporary alternative rock sensibility to their sound. This deft approach at blending the cacophonous with the otherworldly set Slow Crush apart from their contemporaries as more than just students of the shoegaze revival, with this reissue hammering home that fact.
Accompanying the EP is four fan favourites taken from ‘Aurora’ and an alternative version of ‘Sway’, recorded at ABC studios courtesy of ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’ during the bands US tour. Within two years of the band’s formation, this collection of early material will no doubt go down as a vibrant document of an exceptional band in their infancy. Tracklist: 01. Dizzy 02. Sway 03. Big Lip 04.Linger 05. Aurora (Part Time Punks Sessions Live) 06. Sway - Alternate Version (Part Time Punks Sessions Live) 07. Tremble (Part Time Punks Sessions Live) 08. Glow (Part Time Punks Sessions Live)
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