Celebrated Belgian shoegaze quartet Slow Crush have streamed their beautiful new single/video ‘Blue’, taken from their latest album Hush, out now via Church Road Records.
Watch ‘Blue’ here:
The result of songs written between tours, with unexpected downtime in the chaos of a pandemic, Hush showcases recurring Slow Crush themes, first demonstrated on their debut LP Aurora (2018). Slow Crush fully flex their creative muscles with another truly impressive sonic display on Hush – wistful longing and tranquil bearing contrasting beautifully with cascading echoes of glorious noise.
Some of the band’s darkest and yet most hope-filled music to date – Hush this is their proverbial calm before the storm. Radiating warmth through a haze of abrasive layered guitars and the beautiful soul of Isa Holliday‘s vocals, Hush surpasses Slow Crush‘s highly-acclaimed debut album Aurora in both songwriting and musicianship.Following the acclaim of Aurora (now on its fourth vinyl pressing), Slow Crush toured nonstop for eighteen months, with the likes of Pelican, Torche, Soft Kill, Gouge Away and playing festivals like Roadburn, Arctangent, 2000Trees, Groez Rock.
Like the rest of the world, Covid-19 severely impacted the band’s plans – but they turned it to their advantage. Cancelling two European tours and one last-minute US tour was a blessing in disguise, allowing Slow Crush to regroup and rethink in a turbulent period.
Musically and lyrically Hush takes a slightly darker path, touching on the events and issues of the past year. Hush was recorded mid-pandemic in January 2021 in Ghent, Belgium, in whirling rain and snow. As with Aurora, Hush has the intensity and guile to fully envelop the listener, allowing them to form their own narrations of the story the band weave throughout.
Slow Crush are:
Jelle Harde Ronsmans