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Slow Walkers – “Slow Walkers” – [Peak Oil]

PopeDope   11/13/2013   12-inch, A Library

‘Slow Walkers’ is a concept album about the inevitable zombie takeover created by Liz Harris (Grouper) and Lawrence English (label head of Room40). The release has a loose track list, included in the vinyl release is a slip of paper indicating that there are different parts to the record but without track times available anywhere separation is near impossible. Progression through the various sections is slow and methodical, because the sections track together locating a point where one section starts and another one begins is a losing game. Side A features dark wavering ambient tones and a muffled thunder which crawls in and out of the track. A faint low whistling isolates the listener from their environment and into the twisted world of the slow walkers. There is no happiness or redemption, only darkness which slowly consumes the listener over the course of the album. Side B uses slightly higher pitched tones with muffled strings adding a thick texture to the release that makes hypnotic. Escape is impossible- out of the fire and into the rotting maw of the zombies.

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