THE Slow Show are a five-piece from Manchester and this is their debut album, but they’re unlike any other band from the north-west city that I’ve heard.
Mixing Americana with indie-rock, they’re relative unknowns on these shores, yet are building a cult following in Europe, and it’s easy to see why.
They trade in epic, languorous songs which wash over you and, before you know it, have burrowed into your soul.
Their deeply intimate songs are about love and loss, and just as likely to feature a string section or colliery brass band as sparse guitar, bass and drums arrangement.
Singer Rob Goodwin’s baritone croon reminds me at times of Richard Hawley - yes, it’s that good.
After a slow-burning start you realise by third track Bloodline - my personal favourite - that you’re hooked.
And by the end of the closing God Only Knows (not a Beach Boys cover), you’ll have fallen in love with this band. 9/10. GW