Slow Pulp has been on my radar ever since I first listened to “Steel Birds” on my Discovery playlist back in 2018. Since then, I’ve been looking forward to their debut. Finally, their album Moveys arrived on October 9th, 2020.
At a brisk 26 minutes, Moveys is a perfect example of quality over quantity. Although the album just came out, it sounds instantly nostalgic, as if they were a band from the mid-to-late 90s. Their style is reminiscent of other bands like Pavement and Guided by Voices.
At first, I thought the short album length would be detrimental but this album is one you can simply listen to over and over. The songs themselves don’t sound unfinished or lacking. In fact, they’re so layered and full of unique decisions that you notice something new upon each subsequent listen.
Slow Pulp is made up of Emily Massey (guitar/vocals), Alexander Leeds (bass), Theodore Mathews (drums), and Henry Stoehr (guitar). Massey’s voice is dreamy, with a bit of edge to it. It fits in perfectly with the grungy/alternative throwback instrumentation the band creates from track to track.
Standout tracks include “Idaho” (the longest on the album, at a whopping 4 minutes and 6 seconds), the folky “Falling Apart” (which features a weeping violin wailing throughout the entirety of the track), and the country-tinged “Montana.”
Slow Pulp doesn’t tend to stick with one style throughout the album; instead deciding to try out various different genres from song to song. This album shows how varied and talented their songwriting abilities are.