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[Review] Slow Magic Releases New Album, How To Run Away

 Bringing to mind tangled limbs and adolescent kisses with wine-stained lips, Slow Magic unveils an absolute masterpiece with ‘How to Run Away’, an conceptual gem full of nostalgic ambiance and intelligently polished production. Each song is meant to leave you trembling, making it the perfect soundtrack to those exceptional summer nights, reminiscent of naive love and furiously ignited journeys of self discovery.

With ‘How to Run Away,’ Slow Magic crafts an immersing and dream-like world to lose yourself in completely. A tinkling piano brings the first track, ‘Still Life’ into your speakers while jazzy elements keep a delicate air, all while the song rises in momentum. Crescendoing just before the first minute mark into a beautiful explosion of clashing cymbals and zany synths, ‘Still Life’ served as the perfect start to the meticulous album I was about to indulge.

Upbeat vocals give the second track an instant dance feel; ‘Girls’ immediately takes hold of your ear buds and sweeps you into a daydream, with the tempo slowing just enough to resemble an island jam. Listening to ‘Girls’ brings to mind a runaway to a forgotten beach, with sunlight dripping into lazily closed eyelids. Slow Magic’s drumming is tight, steady and rounded with bright and layered synths that put you into an euphonious haze.

My favorite from ‘How to Run Away’ also happens to be the first single that was released from the full-length, the very first taste of Slow Magic that I’d ever been exposed to. ‘Hold Still’ is an ethereal and vibrant beauty – it is absolutely hypnotic. Like a seductive strip tease, ‘Hold Still’ patiently draws out its peak, coaxing the hairs along your neck into shudders. ‘Hold Still’ is one of the most sensuous pieces of music I’ve ever heard, and undoubtedly of this year alone.

When speaking of this album as a whole, it was nearly impossible to stop listening once I’d started. There was no such thing as skipping forward to another track; each song flowed into the next fluidly, using alternate tones to create an overall atmospheric sense of maturity and ultimate growth. At ten tracks long, How to Run Away is the embodiment of a Summer time love; it’s the perfect length to lose yourself within, yet leaves you with an meaningful impression you won’t soon forget. It’s safe to say that How to Run Away is my favorite album of the year – upon first listen I was hooked, and I’ve since turned all of my friends onto Slow Magic as well. This brilliant album is available worldwide through iTunes on September 9 through Downtown Records; if there is one album you make the move to purchase, let How To Run Away be the one you choose.

I highly suggest catching Slow Magic live if he happens to roll through your neck of the woods. I’ll be patiently waiting with the rest of Denver until October 10th at The Bluebird, but check the list of tour dates below to see when he’ll be closest to you!

September 6, 2014 Kalamazoo, WI District Square
September 11, 2014 San Francisco, CA The Independent
September 12, 2014 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre
September 13, 2014 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
September 14, 2014 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
September 16, 2014 Dallas, TX Three Links
September 17, 2014 Austin, TX Holy Mountain
September 18, 2014 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
September 19, 2014 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
September 20, 2014 Atlanta, GA The Basement
September 21, 2014 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade
September 23, 2014 Washington, DC DC9
September 24, 2014 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
September 25, 2014 New York, NY Santos Party House
September 26, 2014 Cambridge, MA Sinclair
September 27, 2014 Montreal, QC Le Belmont
September 28, 2014 Toronto, ON The Garrison
October 1, 2014 Ann Arbor, MI Bling Pig
October 2, 2014 Columbus, OH The Basement
October 3, 2014 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
October 4, 2014 Madison, WI The Frequency
October 5, 2014 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
October 7, 2014 Springfield, MO College St. Bar and Arcade
October 8, 2014 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
October 9, 2014 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
October 10, 2014 Fort Collins, CO Hodi’s Half Note
October 11, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
October 12, 2014 Boise, ID The Crux
October 15, 2014 Portland, OR Holocene
October 16, 2014 Victoria, BC Lucy Bar
October 17, 2014 Vancouver, BC Celebrities

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