Fresh is not often a word that you hear a lot of in the music world, especially in this day and age where lots of music is the same and utterly without joy to listen to. Bands left out past their expiration date spoil (happens a lot) and become a dreary exercise to listen to in lots of instances. Go ahead – tick them off on your fingers, use your feet if you have to. But every once in a while, we come across something that sounds different when you put it in the player, or hear it online via references, raves, or board chatter. That’s what happens when Boston’s The Slip comes to play.
The Slip’s latest album, Eisenhower, is an album filled with “different.” Lots of “different.” The Slip is a normal band of alternative style but their approach is interesting in that they spread their wings in their music. On the opening track, “Children of December,” they use simple guitar and a sing-talk with a nice melody to create a charming song that keeps its flavour long after you heard it. They begin “If One of Us Should Fall” with piano, filling this excellent song with lots of melody and hints of Beatles. “Suffocation Keep” begins with a blend of strings and guitar, a ballad with depth and earthy beauty. There is not a song on this album that is an exact copy of the one preceding it or of the one following it. There’s lots of diversity here making Eisenhower an album of worth and note.
The Slip is best characterized as taking their influence from late ‘70s/early ‘80s (before the onset of electronic bands a la Howard Jones, ABC, and others of that ilk) when the bands were still producing music with jazz, folk, blues, influences. That period yielded brilliance like Magazine, Killing Joke, The Stranglers, XTC, and the transitory OMD, amongst others.
I’ve said it before. I love this new renaissance of rock music. It is fast becoming a bridge between adults and the kids, who are more willingly sharing love of bands than at any other time that I have seen. And just when you thought that Rock has breathed its last, it evolves to become a binding force.
The Slip is excellent music that will appeal to lots. Highly recommended.