Slow Dancer Perfects The Romantic Ballad on 'I Would'
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

  • Posted by: Jake Holzman



"All the others went and bought their cars and built their houses," Slow Dancer frontman Simon Okely croons on his new track, "I Would," "but I think we make for better dancers." These lyrics, somehow, seem to solve all the problems Okely is singing about on Slow Dancer's new emotionally investing single. You can almost imagine the song's poverty-stricken lovers dancing in a waltz to the 3/4 time signature and gently plucked guitars in the background. It's everything a love song should be: lyrically resonant and backed by inviting instrumentals - it's moving, profound, and emotionally resonant.

It's a song that's not just about being helpless, but also about wanting to cure your lover of their own helplessness. Okely suggests there's a simple fix for this: the incredible realization that you have someone in your life that you're willing to be helpless for. "And you'd already sussed it out and so you knew we weren't in control / I just never thought I'd be so helpless / but you know I would for you." It's a smartly written ballad, and one that somehow manages to avoid cliche at all costs. The track begins sparsely with just vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, but as it proceeds a string arrangement is added to the mix, and eventually a reverb-doused banjo. Before long, the track is swelling and pulling you along in an overpowering dance. It's a great listen, and when combined with the other singles released from their upcoming album In A Mood, out June 9, especially the toe-tapping "It Goes On," it's hard not to be excited about the direction Slow Dancer is going in.
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