CASSETTE WEEK 2021 RELEASE
On their debut record Refinery, Louisiana-based alt-folk act Slow Rosary captures the tension between the individual and the collective. Lonesome acoustic guitar gives way to chaotic full band instrumentals, a sole voice is joined by a choir, a single harmonica emerges from a flurry of horns and drums. In lyrics drawn from the dirty, humid shoreline of the Gulf Coast, environmental despair meets Catholic surrealism, and existential uncertainties haunt intimate memories. Refinery ebbs and flows through conflicts between connection and separation in evocative melodies so natural that a first-time listener will feel they must have heard them before. Slow Rosary doesn’t solve any of their contradictions but leaves them to be pondered in a disorienting but familiar world.
Independent [50 made]