Credit: Nicole Fara Silver
In A Mood out June 9th on ATO Records
“[‘Don’t Believe’ is a] soulful serenade to a detached lover, it blends laid-back drums, soft guitar and fuzzy, plucky synthesizers to make a smooth ’70s sound.” –NPR
“silky smooth…spindly and soulful” –Stereogum
“Okely’s soulful, Stax-inflected vocals and stinging guitar work stand out in any crowd.” – Billboard
“It’s all happening for fresh-faced indie-R&B upstart Slow Dancer, so you’d better go ahead and get acquainted with his music now” – Paste
“This is old-school, baby-making stuff.” – WFUV
“an album that seeps into your consciousness…In a Mood creates a blanket of sound, each layer blending smoothly, a sonic gradient of guitar, organ, strings, bass, and vocals.” –Noisey
TORONTO, ON – March 28, 2017 – Melbourne, Australia’s Slow Dancer – the moniker of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Simon Okely – recently announced that he signed with ATO Records and made his U.S. live debut. Today the social worker by day, soulful songbird by night reveals the details of his forthcoming sophomore album, In A Mood, which will be released June 9th on ATO Records. Okely recently shared the intoxicating “Don’t Believe” via NPR Music, and today, alongside a profile on Slow Dancer, Noisey is premiering another breezy and stunning new single off the record entitled “It Goes On” – listen to the new track HERE or HERE. See below for album art and tracklisting.
Slow Dancer has also announced a North American tour in support of In A Mood. His incredible live show will pull you in with his golden guitar licks, emotive vocals and grooving melodies – watch his live video for “Don’t Believe” via Paste and “It Goes On” via Stereogum now to see for yourself. Tickets go on-sale Friday at 12 pm ET – see below to find a show near you.
Simon Okely is lost in time. Or at least, his songs as Slow Dancer sound that way: warm, near-whispered indie-rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding west coast, heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination. His 2014 debut Surrender was a melt-your-heart, Fleetwood Mac-with-Neil Young licks “pop postcard” from another time, another place. Now returning in 2017 with In A Mood, Okely is aiming even higher, featuring a “more expansive, more ambitious” sound that’s “less about the stories we tell ourselves when in love and more about the moods that can come creeping over a relationship” at any time. It’s no wonder his music is already striking a chord with fans of Mac DeMarco, Tobias Jesso Jr, Connan Mockasin and more, with his latest single accumulating over a quarter of a million Spotify streams in just a few weeks.
Okely grew up near West Australian city Perth, in a “tiny farming town” where, as a small kid, he would bring a toy ukulele to church every Sunday and strum along as though he was playing the hymns. After growing up and learning the guitar aged nine, he inherited his grandmother’s piano and gradually became fascinated with the intense, intimate folk of Nick Drake, rhythm and blues vanguards Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett and his parents’ favourite Van Morrison.
After moving to Melbourne in 2013, Okely began writing as Slow Dancer in 2014, naming the project after a lyric from a song on Surrender that was “essentially an instruction manual for slow dancing with someone who is experiencing apathy.” Key to the Slow Dancer sound is the environment Okely writes and records in: alone, entirely at night, in a bedroom that “somehow crams in a drum kit, a piano, some guitars, and a bed,” he laughs. “This has always been my journal, my love letter to the music I love. My concentration will always be on making the music that pleases me, and if it pleases other people too, that’s also great. It’s been a wonderful ride so far.”
Simon Okely is lost in time. You should get lost in time with him.
1. In The Water
3. Don’t Believe
4. I Would
5. I’m Done Waiting
6. It Goes On
7. Heaven Knows
8. I Was Often
9. In A Mood
10. I’ve Been Thinking
3/29/17 – London, UK @ The Waiting Room
6/6/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
6/7/17 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
6/8/17 – Cambridge, MA @ The Lizard Lounge
6/10/17 – Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
6/12/17 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
6/15/17 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout
6/16/17 – Chicago, IL @ SPACE
6/17/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse
6/20/17 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
6/21/17 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir (Patio)
6/23/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
6/24/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
6/27/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
6/28/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident