Meet The Slow Sliders, the French newcomers who are destined to put Brittany back on the map. They've just released their new record Glissade Tranquille, so we sent our French music expert Corentin for a quick pint with the band! Santé!
"What impresses me about the Breton quartet - known for their sense of humour on stage - is that they're not there by chance. The tracks were mostly recorded in 2016 and the band have used the time wisely to mature themselves. Its something which has worked to tremendous effect, sending the album in completely the right direction.
Of the 32 minutes on record, coherence and balance between songs is key. Impalos reminds me of Tame Impala's best work, keeping us captivated and waiting for the next moment. It's Hard to Hate and Tell Me More - the two following tracks of the album - are melancholic yet not dooming; it's another string to their bow.
Then, over the next 5 or so tracks maturity and finesse kick in. The number 1 single of the LP Paddy - singing of the loss of a loved one - is a real heartbreaker. It tears us apart but somehow makes the song oh so more enjoyable. Who said there was no happiness in pain? The acoustic ballad Empty Days then calms the mind.
The record heads home in a more upbeat fashion with Lesneu, before the excellent and only surf song of the album Pegase take us to a happy place thanks to its galloping drums and shearing guitars. I'm Dead Anyway completes Glissade Tranquille as the real highlight of the album. Simply, it's majestic. It's a record that has me conquered. That's the reason needed the pint...
3rd: I'd like to know, how come these tracks took more than two years before a release?
Axel: It took a while because we weren't sure who was going to mix the album. We did several tests which didn't work. And then we went back to the person who recorded the album. It didn't delay the process too much though. We took the time to do it, it takes resources. The idea of focusing on an album came late. It's really cool and satisfying to go through a lot of different stages in the process of creating an album. Then through our exchanges, we advanced until we reached something that satisfied him and satisfied us, and that takes a lot of time as well.
Gwen: There are also delays related to labels, too. The whole process of planning the outing and so on. It was done by December and strategically speaking, it was better for every one that it comes out now. We've lost a year looking for someone to do the mix. But at the end, this album comes out at the right time in our lives.
Impalos has a real Tame Impala feel. I am right? // Gwen: Definitely. It's the oldest track on the album, written about 4 or 5 years ago. We put phaser on and it sounded like that piece of Tame Impala. The name comes from the fact that my bandmates calls me "Valos" and the fact that I like Tame Impala, so Impalos. Though the phraser and the rhythm of the track can make you think of Tame Impala but the harmonies and melodies are way different.
What song of the album are you the most proud of? // Axel: The one that made me the most excited and for which I didn't expect such a result from is Lesneu.
Gwen: At first we thought it would be the weakest one. Besides this one, I would go for I'm Dead Anyway, I find it very convincing. Or Empty Days; this one wasn't supposed to be on the album. We only had 7 pre-recorded tracks, and as we took a long time to get things done, we had time to finish this track and record it in one day. It was done super fast and very naturally.
Are you planning to tour this record outside of France? // Gwen: Basically, we'll play as much as we can. We have got some plans abroad in the UK and the Netherlands.
Axel: To be honest, if we can tour abroad that would be great. We have plans to organize a tour in Germany and Italy too. We're waiting for the feedback, though.
If you could share the stage with any artist, who? // Gwen: It'd be cool to tour with a band that has the wind in its sails. Touring with Mac Demarco now not so much, but 4 years ago it would have been something fun to do. Grizzly Bear that we all love, maybe. They might not the funniest guys, but it would be really interesting to speak to them.
Axel: Going on tour with Vulfpeck would be pretty funny. Otherwise, there's a guy I have been digging a lot recently called Louis Cole and he's on tour right now. Anyway, it's true that touring alongside Vulfpeck would be rad. Dancing, chilling, having. They also have good equipment!
Last one and perhaps the most important question, where's the best bar in Nantes? // Gwen: Le Café du Cinéma where we're doing this interview. This is the first place we played in Nantes and clearly the one where we spent the most time.
Corentin Le Denmat