Slouch, Spirit Club's sophomore full-length effort, is the result of three pop auteurs - Nathan Williams (Wavves, Sweet Valley), Kynan Williams (Sweet Valley, Safe In Hell) and Andrew Caddick (Jeans Wilder) - coming together and hitting their stride in sync. The album almost sounds lost-in-time, blurring the lines between old and new, familiar and exploratory. Packed with stunning vocal harmonies, earworm hooks and some of the best songwriting to-date from three well-season veterans, Slouch makes for an immensely satisfying listen.
Recorded at DTLA Recording in Los Angeles, Slouch was constructed with the help of engineer Misha Hercules and Grammy-winning producer Dennis Herring. This is the first time Nathan Williams and Herring have collaborated for a full-length project since Wavves' much-lauded 2010 release, King Of The Beach. Drawing largely from The Beach Boys and vocal groups such as The Flamingos and The Cadillacs, Slouch is a sunny-sounding affair packed with the darker lyrical concerns of heartbreak and loneliness.
Tracks like "Fast Ice" and "Broken Link" provide foot-stomping guitar leads, encased in twinkling instrumentation. The nautically tinged "That's My Curse" drips with melancholic beauty as the singers' examine their predilection for self-destructive relationships. "Lately I Haven't Been Sleeping," a stirringly wistful mediation on lost love, is perhaps the best crystallization of Slouch's offerings, as the sparse and decidedly modern verses give way to a thrilling California Sound-style chorus. The end result of all this work is Slouch, a shimmering and stirring record that all three members of Spirit Club are confident in and extremely proud to have created.