Sloslylove - Secret Dreams
May I just say I don’t believe chillwave is a fad. It has developed into a sub-genre containing many devoted fans and numerous fantastic musicians. While many chillwavers have developed a sound that is wandering from their roots, such as Toro y Moi and Washed Out, there are still many underground chillwave titans that are keeping the sound alive. Sloslylove is slowly becoming one of these and this album, appropriately released on Valentine’s day, is another step in the right direction.
I must admit, I have not fully listened to Sloslylove’s first two EP’s. What I did hear was pretty boring and not worth a second listen. However, the producer’s third release, Can’t Get Enough, was a major improvement from his previous work. While some of the songs were forgettable, the album contained some very promising tracks. I was eager to see if Sloslylove would continue to grow as an artist with Secret Dreams, and I was not dissapointed.
A major improvement is that Secret Dreams begins with a very danceable track, Thinkin’ About Our Love, whereas Can’t Get Enough began with an intro of sort that felt unnecessary and forced (it was a typical track composed of only synth chords and sounds of ocean waves crashing.) Something else that Sloslylove has gotten better at utilizing is song flow. These songs all seem to drift into one, yet not in the sense that the tracks all sound too similar to differenciate one from another. The bass grooves are just as amplified on this album as they were on Can’t Get Enough, but they fit the song much better than some of the lazy licks used on previous releases. Quotes from movies are one again used on this album, but they have a much greater impact on the record than the one’s used on Can’t Get Enough. (The quote used from Love Story on the track Secret Dreams is truly wonderful and adds so much.)
Something Sloslylove may want to still be cautious of is making songs uninteresting by having extended patches of what should be filler material. An example of this is the track Star Ave. I hate to say it, but even though it starts nicely, the song loses it’s gleam by adding virtually nothing to the layers already presented at the beginning of the track. Others, such as Nights Into Dreams, are close to falling for the same fate, but save themselves with worthy layer additions later in the song.
Sloslylove is starting to remind me of other producers currently on the scene. The vocal sample in Thinkin’ About Our Love sounds like an unaltered version of something Star Slinger would use. Also, the the sparkly synth runs in Night Moves is very Teen Daze-ish. The use of random voice snippets reminds me of some tracks from Toro y Moi’s Causers of This. All of these elements that Sloslylove has incorporated have really made his music more enjoyable and helped him develop a more distinct style.
Plain and Simple: Secret Dreams is proof that Sloslylove’s musical progression isn’t over
Track to Check: Thinkin’ About Our Love
Recommend It? Yeah
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