Right up in the alley of some of the most legendary bands like The Smith and R.E.M., Slim Morris has returned with the release of his catchiest and memorable song to date, “Mindghost.” With its haunting vocals that fits with high notes in the guitar, the track knows how to be playful as it deals with some dark themes.
About the song, Slim comments:
Mindghosts a song writen on and about the way back from a year long battle against a stress induced mental breakdown. The feeling of anxiety slowly being replaced by the joy of retuning to some form of normal life again.
The title is a translation of a swedish word for having mental issues. Im normally a quite slow songwriter, reworking songs numerous times, but this one pretty much wrote it self. Both music and lyrics just came pouring out. ”
As the leading lights of Scandicana, the Swedish cousin of Americana, Slim Loris have already received glowing tributes from the likes of Huffington Post and Axs, but now embark on a new chapter in their career which sees them moving away from the melancholia of their first three full-length releases and into more uplifting pastures. The previous two years have seen the band battling collectively through personal set-backs but the end result is a Slim Loris which emerges as a tighter unit and even more able to demonstrate the sum of their influences, from UK 60’s Beat to Country-Rock to 90’s Indie.
Formed in 2009, Slim Loris is formed of singer/bass-player Mattias Cederstam; guitarist Robert Barrefelt; drummer Jonas Ellenberg and singer/guitarist Leon Lindström. Their earlier releases veered towards to darker side of life, both lyrically and musically, but “Wild & Untamed” sees a brighter, more optimistic band, evidenced nowhere better than on EP opener, “Mindghosts”, a euphorically uplifting combination of soaring harmonies and lyrics which takes the listener on the journey from despair to a future with endless possibilities. “Burning Elephant” sees an edgier, rockier sound, fuelled by Mattias’ thudding bass; “California” sees a shimmering, glossy country sound which isn’t a million miles from the close harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The jaunty strut of “Before the Snow” gives way to closer, “Hideaway,” an achingly beautiful ballad which builds to a lighters-aloft crowd-pleaser.
Produced by Pecka Hammarstedt, with “Wild & Untamed”, Slim Loris release the tracks they have long teased the threat of – sumptuously constructed with astonishing musicianship and lyrical insight, they are a band which has soaked themselves in their influences and have produced a sound which, though familiar, is entirely their own. The EP’s cover is painted by the acclaimed Swedish artist, Emil Grönholm (http://www.emilgronholm.com/), whilst the forthcoming video to Hideaway has been directed by Jonas Hong Soo Eriksson, one of Sweden’s most in demand filmmakers.