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. “Wild & Untamed” is released on 2nd May 2018.
Read more about Slim Loris here: https://lightningnation.co.uk/2018/04/20/album-preview-slim-loris-transform-pain-into-pleasure-on-wild-untamed/