TRACK REVIEW: Slowlight Quartet – Full Beam, Alan | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Jazz funk. To some those words may strike fear, akin to hearing your doctor saying ‘malignant tumour’. But listen closely, Slowlight Quartet have added synths. Returning after a long hiatus the North East formed quartet spread around the globe in 2017 but have recently reignited their love of playing together and find themselves inspired musically by Snarky Puppy or Vels Trio.

This instrumental shines with synth and bass riffs, with brass stab reminders of 80s pop bands swirling around and providing a backdrop for the drums and soloists to add their own colour, before a hazy cinematic outro collapses everything. There are some uneven moments in the mix but it’s an interesting reintroduction for the band as they seek to carve out their own niche.

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