WORDS BY: JONATHAN VELAZQUEZ
Slow Bloom - 'Hex Hex Hex' EP
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Label: No Sleep Records
Northern California noise rock quartet Slow Bloom made an impression in 2016 with the release of their self titled EP, which crafted a signature sound for the band, and left questions to be answered with their debut on No Sleep Records in the form of their 'Hex Hex Hex' EP.
I can hear a familiar sound from the first strike of the notes on guitar, followed by a hazy distortion, but leading into something cleaner and sharper on Neon Sequitor, the first track from their EP. The lyrics stick out, just within reach to listeners. Something to sing back at vocalist Jonny Andrew. “If it doesn’t affect you, then it doesn’t exist”, stated and repeated for clarity, in harsher tone. It’s a good way to lead into something different on Immaculate. A whirlwind of sound, and a progression in their ability to craft material that begs to be echoed back in suffocating rooms.
The most important thing to point about this EP is made present entering the third track. The band makes a departure from their previous release to explore something different, but familiar and fun. This record is a rabbit hole, diving deeper into unknown territory, track by track, concluding with the most interesting piece, the title track. The momentum slows down here, into a hypnotic mix of ringing guitars and melody. The power in their sound surges and is released in unison. Its a great way to end a ride, especially considering the amount of ground they covered on five tracks in just under twenty minutes. 'Hex Hex Hex' is a great addition to their catalogue of energetic music, and it succeeds in bringing something new to the table as well.
- Neon Sequitor
- Hex Hex Hex