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St. Leonards – Slowly Slowly’s second album – is a vivid snapshot of the life of Slowly Slowly Ben Stewart and those closest to him.
Lyrically dense yet restrained instrumentally to allow room for striking imagery and vibrant metaphors, Stewart veers between stream-of-consciousness accounts of futile existence in the city to rich narratives about love, life and the family cornerstone at St. Leonards beach.
Balancing raw honesty with engaging hooks, there’s the child-like opener “Dinosaurs” and “Aliens” whose thought-purging social commentary sneers at the world through the glummest lens. Elsewhere he examines complicated family dynamics on “The Cold War”, the Tinder-riddled search for happiness on “Ten Leaf Clover” and finally it all falling into place on “Alchemy”. Throughout St. Leonards, Stewart captures the world around him in full colour.
St. Leonards is out now.