Slowly Rolling Camera, based in Cardiff, is the new project that teams up pianist-composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett and drummer Elliot Bennett. The result is music that has distinct echoes of the ‘invisible soundtracks’ of UK progressives Cinematic Orchestra and Portishead. Their debut and eponymously titled track Slowly Rolling Camera, released as a free download, beautifully demonstrates the intricate deployment of glowing keyboard colours and shifting rhythmic with the kind of stark atmospheres that often define the best scores for both big and small screen. Stapleton’s keyboards and Elliot Bennett’s drums create a wide range of sharp, often crunching timbres that are augmented by Roberts’ artful electronic washes, but it is the lyricism, power and skill of vocalist Dionne Bennett that significantly enriches the sound palette.
Presented with a wonderful full bodied production and mixed by Andy Allan (Massive Attack, Portishead), and Slowly Rolling Camera are not short of a few good musicians to call on. Featuring some of the most respected players in British Jazz including double bassist Jasper Hoiby, guitarist Chris Montague, trumpeter Neil Yates and saxophonist Mark Lockheart, the level of attention to deal is formidable. Furthermore, the orchestral scope of the project is epitomized by the lush, plaintive string arrangements.
Slowly Rolling Camera is not a name without meaning. The whole aesthetic of the music vividly suggests a series of frames or images that unfold at a leisurely pace, thus settling strongly into the subconscious to reveal layer upon layer of detail. The combination of lean but incisive production and tightly focused live playing has yielded music that has the dot-matrix finesse of the digital age without being bloodless or clinical.
Slowly Rolling Camera are purveyors of mysterious audio vignettes that are moulded by a structural sophistication that is plugged straight into the vibrant emotional current of pop culture.
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More info: www.editionrecords.com