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Music Editorial

slowdecades.jpg Local: Slow Decades

Lovely jumper, dude. And, hey, lovely new album, too.

Christmas came early for me this year when I managed to get my ears around Slow Decades’ rather fabulous debut album, The Frost & The Concrete. Two years in the making it encompasses everything from the lo-fi charm of Margaret Bad Boy to Confetti (which unfurls like a flower) to Hesitation, which sent the kind of shivers up my neck I last experienced with Antony and the Johnsons’ Mercury Prize scooping I Am a Bird Now album. The band (let’s name ‘em: Gary Cameron (clarinet and piano), John Egdell (drums and guitar), Paul Gardner (guitar and keyboards), Ben Lowes-Smith (vocals and guitar) and Sam Sheppard (bass guitar)) are from Newcastle and have some of same heart-stopping qualities of fellow Tynesiders Lanterns On The Lake, giving their songs plenty of room to breathe, and succeeding in drawing you in close to their indie bosom. Let them keep you warm over the long winter nights.

The Frost & The Concrete is released on 22 December. slowdecades.co.uk