Sheffield, England-based duo Slow Club’s fifth full-length effort One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore, is an album that defines the moniker of the group. Many of the songs on this LP are indeed rather unhurried, yet they feel purposeful and determined. An example would be the opening track “Where The Light Gets Lost.” The five and a half minute track focuses on creating a somber, subdued mood, and features some of the best work on the album.
Slow Club has a sound that combines the best of folk, rock and pop into one phenomenal package. With its ambient overtones and lounge based harmonies, One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore feels like the perfect music to use to relax after a long day. Despite this album definitely falling under the “indie” category, it definitely falls far from being considered shoegaze or noise rock. Instead, Slow Club focus on writing dense melodic content coupled with emotional songwriting. For instance, “Ancient Rolling Sea” exemplifies Slow Club’s musical nuances and techniques. Both members of Slow Club, Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor contribute vocal work to i>One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore, and they both do a phenomenal job. The conclusion of the album “Let the Blade Do The Work” is a perfect way to wrap things up. An 11-minute slow jam, this epic is definitely one of the stronger tracks on the recording. The ambient chords in the middle of the song are striking, and help bridge the two parts of this song together.
Despite this album being a great crash course in modern folk-pop, there are a few concerns that need to be discussed. The most blatant critique on this album is that Slow Club doesn’t take many risks. They stay within their comfort zone, writing melodic, jangly indie songs. In addition, there are few places where one can truly feel like Slow Club is trying to achieve something groundbreaking. While this album is overall a winner, it’s not revolutionary.