As the slow, sparse pulse of guitar emerges in the opening seconds of ‘The Blues Easing’ it becomes clear that Slows Down, the project of self-taught multi-instrumentalist Alexander Hawthorn is something a little bit different. At first, Alex’s voice rasps heavily over the track treading a circuitous path likened to that of Scott Kelly’s solo efforts – but over the tracks’ 3.59 minutes, elements of sinuous aesthetics ascent triumphantly. This sombre dynamic edges distinctively throughout the EP which breathes with thick instrumentation expertly minimised to allow a truly shape shifting amorphousness. ‘In My Room’ is the standout track here which plummets into vertices of extraordinary contemporary classical music and 60’s clanging guitars that wouldn’t sound amiss on early Walker Brothers’ albums. While this may seem like an odd pairing, EP closer ‘The Way Down Leering’ cements the intelligent fusion of styles and Alexander is to be commended for the distinctive transition that seems intent on pushing expectations.
The EP is the starting point of a continuing project and plans for a long player are in the pipeline. This is certainly one to keep an eye out for.