SLOW DANCER

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In A Mood ★★★ ATO

Those Lau­rel Canyon breezes still res­onate far and wide. Mel­bourne artist Si­mon Okely has be­come a spe­cial­ist in cre­at­ing dreamy mu­sic evoca­tive of a lost time and

In A Mood is full of songs which cast the folky, wide-eyed pop of Amer­ica’s 1970s west coast in new clob­ber us­ing elec­tronic pulses and R&B tex­tures and stylis­tics. A so­cial worker by day, Okely is some­one who has lis­tened and paid great at­ten­tion to how past mas­ters have sculpted and shaped their sounds. It’s ev­i­dent in the gen­tle pick­ing which reg­u­lates the Nick Drake-like I Would, the breezy, non­cha­lant twang which pow­ers

I Was Of­ten and the Fleet­wood Mac-like groove which takes I’m

Done Wait­ing for a waltz around the kitchen. A record which demon­strates Okely’s skills as a com­poser and pop clas­si­cist. face­book.com/slow­dancer­band

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