The highly anticipated debut album, Sentimentalism, by Melbourne band The Slingers is finally here, and it’s truly beautiful. Produced by Errol Green (Big Yawn), the 10-track LP features the singles “No Harm Done”, “Living In The Age Of Loneliness”, “Streets Of Tokyo”, “Our Last Day In The Sun”, and their latest release, “Down To The Bone”, which was originally included on Love Hurts, a compilation released by Flightless Records last year.
The Slingers, known for defying classification, have a colourful discography that spans various genres such as country, folk, grunge rock, ballads, Australiana, Americana, and even acoustic and spoken word elements.
The album kicks off with the single “Living in the Age of Loneliness”, setting a sombre tone with lead singer Robert J. Mahon‘s moody vocals, reminiscent of Alex Turner. The song gradually builds with a beautiful arrangement, highlighted by crashing cymbals and a wailing guitar solo. “No Harm Done” follows, featuring a funky intro and lovely fluttering keys. The song’s latter half exudes a dreamy atmosphere with gorgeous backing vocals, evoking memories of cold nights in Melbourne. “Down To The Bone” tackles themes of heartbreak and pain.
While “Raising the Dead” maintains a consistent momentum, it doesn’t quite shine as brightly as the other tracks. The stunning piano ballad ‘Someday Sister’ slows the album’s pace, showcasing a beautiful musical arrangement and heartfelt lyrics. “It’s Something” starts with powerful percussion and has an ’80s industrial pop sound. “Our Last Day In The Sun” is a dynamic track that constantly builds and recedes, heavily influenced by the ’80s sound.
“Streets of Tokyo” injects a sense of playful synth-pop, expertly blending clever lyricism with a juxtaposition of dreary yet buoyant sounds—a testament to The Slingers’ unique artistry. However, “Love is Not Enough”, primarily driven by piano, falls into a slower, somewhat monotonous territory, lacking the same vigour found in its predecessors.
The album concludes with “Needle and the Nine to Five”, a stunning six-minute and forty-six-second track that takes the listener on a captivating journey.
Sentimentalism thrives on The Slingers’ ability to seamlessly embrace diverse genres and sonic landscapes, rendering their debut album an utterly enjoyable experience. This refreshing and distinct collection stands as a testament to their prowess as musicians. I wholeheartedly recommend immersing oneself in its enchanting melodies, eagerly anticipating the band’s future endeavours. The Slingers are undoubtedly a group worth following closely as they continue to push artistic boundaries.
FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
The Slingers are heading on a national tour to celebrate the release of Sentimentalism. You can buy tickets HERE.
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