Track of the Day: Slow Pulp “Idaho” (2020)

Chicago-based rock quartet Slow Pulp have announced the forthcoming release of their debut album Moveys, with the release of new single “Idaho”. 

The band, originally from Madison, Wisconsin, entered their true form when Emily Massey (guitar/vocals) joined with lifelong childhood friends Alex Leeds (bass), Teddy Matthews (drums), and Henry Stoehr (guitar), ahead of the release of EP2 back in 2017. 

For much of the band’s existence they were split across state lines, before collectively relocating to Chicago in late 2018. The forthcoming album, Moveys, is a testament to the band’s personal growth, persistence and perseverance. The making of the album coincided with health challenges, personal upheaval, and then to top it all off, a pandemic. 

The songs on the album, including “Idaho”, began to take shape whilst the band were on tour with Alex G in 2019. The band had initially scrapped an album’s worth of material following Massey’s diagnosis with Lyme disease and chronic Mono. Then just as the band were putting the final touches to the album, Massey’s parents were involved in a severe car crash, forcing Massey to return to Madison to help care for them. Then the pandemic hit, leaving the band to complete the album apart. 

“Idaho” sees the band tackling the mental health hurdles that can appear when love enters the picture. “I’ll keep on holding out for the downside / Before I knew why”. The single is a delightful slice of simmering indie rock, replete with shimmering guitars and Massey’s stunning vocals. Stylish and dynamic, “Idaho” is more than capable of getting you excited for the band’s debut album. Give it a spin below, you won’t regret it.

“Idaho” is out now. Slow Pulp’s debut album Moveys is out October 9th via Winspear. Pre-order a copy HERE.

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Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.