The Slow Beings: We Know Why The Earth Moves

[23 October 2008]

By Jason MacNeil

Having seen Vancouver group Black Mountain on three different occasions the last six days, every band begins to sound like them. But for Aussie group The Slow Beings, it seems to ring a bit truer. Although not as heavy or metal-leaning as Black Mountain, there’s a certain stoner pop feeling on the opener “I Waste the Sea” with more muscle and brawn tossed in halfway through. Meanwhile, the airy, spacey “People Leave Heaven” also shines quite nicely with its subtle nod to The Smiths. Perhaps the first real highlight is the strong, powerful nugget “Nil By Rote”. The band’s knack for crafting brilliant melodies is also apparent on “Yoshkar-ola Song” that comes across like a cross between Oasis and ‘90s band The Connells. Despite hitting a bit of a rut with “They Dive At Dawn”, the record returns to life with a delicate but delicious title track, resembling Explosions In the Sky.

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