Melbourne duo Slum Sociable’s music grasps the hips and guides them left to right to left in a hypnotic sway through an intersection of soul, hip-hop and electronica. Today, the duo have arrived with their new track “Moby Bryant”, taken from their debut self-titled album due for release on November 24th.
The self-titled offering incorporates a mixture of songs that were recorded with esteemed Australian producer, Russell Fawcus) and mixed by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Cut Copy).
Slum Sociable is a deeply empathetic album. It paints a portrait of humanity as craving love but unsure how to keep it. However, there’s never confusion, only complete understanding. Dark lyricism of inner exile shapes the songs to be as powerful and intimate as possible. Upchurch͛’s tonic lyrics lean towards themes of introspection and anxiety – his pitch perfect almost classical vocal elevating them even higher.
Originally slated for release earlier this year, vocalist and percussionist Miller Upchurch recently opened up about his mental health struggles and, in turn, the band has devoted a great deal of time to raising aware about mental health issues. The closeness of this topic shows on ‘Moby Bryant,’ where Upchurch’s powerful vocals press through the track’s brooding instrumentals, crafted by bandmate Edward Quinn.
The 12 songs that comprise Slum Sociable are the product of total synchronisation between Upchurch and Quinn. The duality makes for a diverse listen; one where sounds expand further with each repeat, leaving us with infinite space to discover all the compliments of the duo’s established style.
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