Central California quartet Slow Season reissue their 2012 self-titled debut via RidingEasy Records. The band's unpretentious throwback first outing has been remixed and remastered with new artwork for proper release on the same label that issued their popular 2014 sophomore album Mountains. The band's sound effortlessly nods to greats of the 60s-70s like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, et al, without sounding like a caricature. Rather, as one can immediately hear, this is hypnotic, heavy, and howling rock ‘n' roll that defies both musical and temporal categorization.
Having recorded their debut live on reel-to-reel at Cody Tarbell's home studio, the band eschews the digital trappings of music today to give their analog sound its crackling, kinetic energy. "Working with the limitations of tape really pushed us to play our best," Daniel Rice says. "You have to prioritize your ideas. You can't layer too much on there. You also have to nail the takes. You don't get to go back and cut ‘n' paste. You have to feel it when you're playing it. When everything comes together, it really shines because we're all playing together on tape."