Drew Sullivan’s first three releases as Slow Dancing Society comprise a peerless ambient trilogy. Debut album The Sound of Lights When Dim is a sumptuous unfolding ride towards a fading horizon. As with Brian Eno’s finest moments and David Sylvian’s ambient explorations, the album manages to dissolve its temporal markers and speak about moments removed from time. It talks to the delicious flaws of memory and feeling, never sullying itself with literality or simple documentation.
From the outset, sophomore album The Slow and Steady Winter sets itself up to be an epic. Clocking in at over an hour, the album paints its majestic landscapes with both measure and purpose, moving from immersive ambient evocations to beatific bliss rock. A gorgeously choreographed chronicle of a Spokane winter, the album serves as a wonderful progression from Slow Dancing Society’s previous work both in sound and mood.
Following on from the ice-sculpted cinematics of The Slow and Steady Winter, third album Priest Lake Circa ’88 exudes restraint and repose, yet is richly melodic and full. Tracks such as the single ‘A Warm Glow’ typify the album and find Sullivan issuing forth waves of radiant synth drones and glistening guitars that ripple effortlessly across the sonic vista. Priest Lake Circa ’88 speaks of both departure and eventual return, and perhaps in its broadest sense the notion of “home”. Above all, this is music to bathe in: warm, steamy and all-encompassing.
“Music is all about moments like this. Moments when you are, unexpectedly, knocked over and stunned into submission by an album that has, quite literally, came from nowhere… deeply affecting, consistently excellent… demands repeated listening” – Boring Machines Disturb Sleep on The Sound of Lights When Dim
All three reissues are now available for pre-order via n5mailorder before their official release on the 19th of May. The three releases are also available as specially priced bundle. The albums are also available now digitally in compressed and lossless formats.