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In 2006 Slow Club were a tight unit. The Sheffield indie duo wrote and sang in close harmony, from a shared perspective. Over the intervening decade the pair have grown a little older, more heartbroken, and further apart. As a result, their latest record, ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore’ is a thoroughly introspective album filled with musings on uncertainty, acceptance and personal change.

On paper, ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore’ should be a muddled album. Band members Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson work in vastly different ways these days – and live in different cities – each with their own distinct writing style. Watson writes from an outside perspective, splicing imagined narratives and short stories into his lyrics. Taylor, on the other hand, takes the direct route and draws on her own heartbreaks and happiness to create starkly personal songs. The two differing styles should clash, but instead each complements the other beautifully.

Together Slow Club sing of love and failure in harmony, as on album opener ‘Where the Light Gets Lost’. It’s the kind of song that gets played at the end of the party for that one loved-up couple still dancing, balloons and streamers trailing across the floor. The image is an appropriate start to an album that deals in moments like these, with tracks like ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Come On Poet’ exploring heartache and minor victories.

Musically, ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore’ is wide ranging, exploring indie-pop, folk and disco. The four-on-the-floor pop of songs like ‘Rebecca Cassanova’ is countered by alt-country gems ‘In Waves’ and ‘Sweetest Grape on the Vine’. The blues-tinged soul of ‘Give Me Some Peace’ is a clear highlight. Here, Taylor almost channels Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, starting out low and syrupy before building to a crescendo of powerful gospel harmonies. The song’s emotional weight carries through to the album’s quietly wounded final track ‘Let the Blade Do the Work’. The closer is a neat foil to ‘Where the Light Gets Lost’, and the two bookend the record in a way that feels cohesive.

Slow Club may have moved away from a shared identity, but the feel here is that they’re still definitely two sides of the same coin.

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