Slow Down, Molasses
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Saskatoon’s Slow Down Molasses is a five-piece indie rock collective described as “the Broken Social Scene of the prairies” by Toronto’s Exclaim! Magazine. They take cues from the wide-open spaces of their home, crafting expansive, texture-heavy pop songs that are prone to breaking into storm squalls of drone, delay and feedback.
After the 2012 self-release of their sophomore full-length album Walk Into the Sea (number 12 on Uncut editor Allan Jones’ personal top 20 records of the year, between Neil Young’s Americana and Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp), Slow Down Molasses turned to producer and prairies ex-pat Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes for their forthcoming album Burnt Black Cars. They have developed the dreamy vocal arrangements of Walk Into the Sea, sharpening the songwriting into concise blasts of synth-driven melodies and full-on rock choruses. Burnt Black Cars, out in 2014, will be Slow Down Molasses’ first international, label-supported release.
Slow Down Molasses has toured extensively overseas, playing international festivals and showcases including Liverpool Sound City, End of the Road, the Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Incubate and CMJ, as well as to appreciative audiences on self-booked tours across the UK, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Early 2014 will bring the release of their recently recorded Daytrotter session as well as their first visit to SXSW.