I’m usually dubious when a band’s debut album is conceptual in nature. Perhaps it feels a little ambitious to come swinging out of the gate with a high-concept narrative. However, New York quintet Slow Motion Picture are an exception to the rule.
On October 28 the band is to release one of the most authentically nuanced albums of the year entitled In Memory Of… Each of the album’s ten songs are based upon a ghost story that multi-instrumentalist/guitarist Brian Caesar wrote in his early twenties as a way to cope with the passing of his father.
The nostalgic ghost story also acted as a catalyst for the cinematic, mysterious quality of the recordings which blend the depth of modern film scores with the airy timbre of early ’90s shoegaze. Haunting vocal melodies, luscious orchestral accompaniment, and endless layers of fuzz-driven guitars paint a visceral picture of loss, mystery, and murder.
We have the pleasure of premiering the album’s title track; a song written from the perspective of a murder victim looking out the window of her apartment at the crowd gathered beneath for her killer, while remembering that she has tragically been taken away from her significant other.
Slow Motion Picture’s debut release In Memory Of arrives in stores on October 28.