Recorded between October 2003 and May 2005, David took a different approach to writing and recording Life In Slow Motion
. Of the change, David says, "I dont think you can remain the underdog forever and work in that way. I really wanted to get away from that lo-fi bedroom programming. All the records that have inspired me this time have been far more of a soundscape. The Sigur Ros records, Sparklehorses Its A Wonderful Life
, Lucinda Williams World Without Tears
and albums like Deserters Songs
, where things are more architectural." From the sparse, structured intro of the opener, "Alibi", a song David describes as like "Babylon" Part 2 but more abstract... catching up with the character a few years down the line when theyre a bit worse for wear, to "The One I Love", as beautiful a song about bleeding to death as youre ever likely to hear, and the inspirational fire of "Nos Da Cariad" (Welsh for Goodnight Sweetheart) its clear that Life In Slow Motion
is a distinct departure from his earlier work. Two compositions on Life In Slow Motion
- "From Here You Can Almost See The Sea" and "Aint No Love"--come from Davids work on the soundtrack for Amma Assantes debut film A Way Of Life (released in 2004). The songs landed David a 2005 BAFTA Anthony Asquith Award nomination for Best New British Composer.
Slow Motion is the second album from DavidGray since the lo-fi genius of White Ladder. This time around the drum machine has been replaced with spacious soundscapes of glacial instrumentation, string sections, brass and harmonicas.
The songs are layered, polished and occasionally breathtakingly powerful. However, it can take time for his lyrics to cut through the textures.
Reassuringly the trademark steady piano chords remain. Gray stands up straight and walks tall. It's still him, just more ornate and less immediate. --Jack Smith
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