10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Melbourne’s Simon Okely maintains a slinky intimacy in his home-recorded pop, delicately juggling instruments while crooning like a devoted lover. His second album as Slow Dancer organically blends folk twang and R&B warmth, evoking modern indie troubadours as much as the quieter side of Stax Records. “I Would” dances on airy, glistening arrangements, while “In the Water” relishes shivers of distortion against a stark backdrop. A gorgeous study in contrast, “Bitter” pairs exacting guitar and bass licks with sudden floods of multidimensional texture.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Melbourne’s Simon Okely maintains a slinky intimacy in his home-recorded pop, delicately juggling instruments while crooning like a devoted lover. His second album as Slow Dancer organically blends folk twang and R&B warmth, evoking modern indie troubadours as much as the quieter side of Stax Records. “I Would” dances on airy, glistening arrangements, while “In the Water” relishes shivers of distortion against a stark backdrop. A gorgeous study in contrast, “Bitter” pairs exacting guitar and bass licks with sudden floods of multidimensional texture.

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About Slow Dancer

Australian multi-instrumentalist Simon Okely creates heartfelt soft rock and R&B-inspired balladry under the alias of Slow Dancer. Okely was formerly the guitarist in the indie band Oh Mercy, but in 2013 decided he wanted to branch out on his own, and Slow Dancer was born. He quickly got to work in his home recording studio to produce his debut single, 2013's "Leave It to Me." A year later, he had written enough tracks for his debut album, Surrender, which he self-released in 2014. In the three years that followed, Okely refined his sound and performed in and around his newly acquired hometown of Melbourne. As a live act, Okely often recruited two of his close friends, turning Slow Dancer into a temporary trio. All along he had been working on his second album, recording alone and at night after getting home from his job as a social worker. In early 2017, he released "Don't Believe," the first single from the album. Released by Pieater in his home country and ATO in the U.S., the intimate and soulful In a Mood was issued in June of 2017. ~ Liam Martin

HOMETOWN
Melbourne, Australia
BORN
2013

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