Dudes – Sloth Eyes EP 7.7
This is the first Dudes release in the burgeoning genre of ‘slothcore’. Music can be so fast. When it is slowed down to the pace of molasses it can get unusually good. This is wonderful. Slowcore has nothing on the slowness of what is going on in these six tracks. Here everything is so microscopic in development that it is heartfelt.
‘xenarthran’ is reminiscent of Earth at their most-country and most-gone. Here it lingers. Occasionally the guitar player remembers to hit a string every now and then. The space and time spent is worth it though, particularly towards the end where the tension becomes something dramatic. ‘cecropia’ follows where ‘xenarthran’ left off with a bit more in terms of sadness. A few moments of the song almost verge on tears. Tone more than melody takes over creating an emotional connection despite the slow pace. ‘let me count your vertebrae’ ends the EP on near-NAP status, with the sheer level of slowness and repetition borrowing themselves into the brain.
Calm doesn’t even begin to describe what is happening. Does this sound like it was recorded in a basement two decades ago, left there, and only discovered a couple minutes ago and re-mastered like garbage? Yes it does and that is its biggest selling point. ‘Sloth Eyes’ proves that fast and fidelity are glimmering sheens without meaning. With the time spent, the melodies stumbled upon, and the atmosphere of the recording it is touching the way grimy cassette culture is touching. It reaches the innermost part of the soul and says ‘hi’.