Migrating from the swamps of Florida to New York and including former and current members of The Mercury Program, Human Television, Bitchin,' Arch Baddies and the Flaming Fire, Slow Country morphs musical approaches into songs that are at once warm, textural and beautifully economical. Using lap steel, Fender rhodes and vibraphone on top of swirling guitars and a rock-steady rhythm section, Slow Country represents an intricate confluence of styles, all filtered through the comforting glow of shimmering pop. At times woozily psychedelic like the Heartbreakers on ketamine, it's all delivered with commanding vocals and careful musicianship centered on attention to detail.Meanwhile, crystal clear perceptions on the darker mysteries of life and love bleed through Slow Country's signature recipe of reverb and echo. C'mon in, y'all.
"Deftly bridging the gap between the lovely French electronic movements of Air and the touching classic American soft rock of a Gerry Rafferty or Michael Murphey— all the while including the subtle rancor found within the products of such otherwise grandiose bands as Coldplay and U2— Oceanographer arises from the BK indie pile as a singular, wonderful delight. Led by the sad, steady vocals of Jeremy Yocum, this group can easily aim for levels of midlevel major success, and if the right ears find them… well, let's just say Oceanographer could very well end up a band you'll want to be able to brag that you saw back when they were only playing the little stages in town."
—Metromix New York, August 2011
Tiger Dare's driven dream pop sound brings together lush melodies with intricately woven guitar work, calling to mind spacey favorites such as Galaxie 500 and Yo La Tengo, along with the in-headphone intimacy of Low or Red House Painters. Featuring the tandem songwriting of co-founders Mike Zorrilla (Villa Venus) and Henry Freedland (Yar), Tiger Dare is currently recording their debut EP
Sanibel is a project by Sander Travisano, bassist of the Florida instrumental quartet The Mercury Program. Since relocating to Brooklyn in 2004, Travisano has branched out, starting a number of new projects, including Sanibel and the Brooklyn based band Pagan Girls. Sanibel's line up includes long time collaborator Dave Lebleu and brother Whitney Travisano, as well as fellow Pagan Girl bandmate Peter Bartsocas.
While many songs borrow their sound from the grit and dirt of garage rock, they also take their cues from the thick bass lines of old soul- it would be easy to imagine them scoring found footage from an old super 8. Anchored in driving rhythms, there is a sense of immediacy to their songs, balanced by the occasional ethereal shimmer of a Fender Rhodes. Travisano's vocals welcome the new found grit--raw and weathered like drift wood, with songs producing a sense of the longing for simpler times and the woes of the working stiff. This is music for all those who would rather be barefooted at the grocery on the way home from the beach than shuffling oxfords on the platform waiting for the express train home.