Melbourne duo, Slum Sociable release self-titled album
premiering via Billboard
“The music itself features long, luring synth beats and guitar solos to slowly ease you into blunt-force lyrics laced throughout the album” – BILLBOARD
“Fans of Animal Collective will love this hazy electro-hop duo.”
“Slum Sociable are part of a new wave of energy in Australia’s music scene. A group with a vivid, outward reach, the band recently decamped to London to focus on their debut album.” – CLASH MUSIC
“Featuring an eclectic mix of electronics, piano, and even some horns, the song delves into issues of complacency and stagnation. The song is decidedly darker than some of the band’s other material, making it an interesting exploration of their skills and sound.”
– THE 405
Slum Sociable are Edward Quinn (production/keys/guitar) and Miller Upchurch (vocals and percussion). Steeped in groove, the Melbourne duo’s music grasps the hips and guides them left to right to left in a hypnotic sway through an intersection of soul, hip-hop and electronica.
They arrive with their debut self-titled record – streaming exclusively via Billboard. A deeply empathetic album, the self-titled offering incorporates a mixture of songs that were recorded with esteemed Australian producer, Russell Fawcus) and mixed by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Cut Copy). The album has garnered attention from NYLON, The 405, Clash Music, Indie Shuffle and more and was selected as Triple J’s Feature Album for the week of it’s release.
Slum Sociable paints a portrait of humanity as craving love but unsure how to keep it. However, there’s never confusion, only complete understanding. Originally slated for release earlier this year, vocalist and percussionist Miller Upchurch recently opened up about his mental health struggles and, in turn, the duo decided to push the release of the record back.
The band has devoted a great deal of time to raising awareness of mental health issues, having appeared on Triple J to talk about their experiences, as well as sharing stories through personal essays on The Huffington Post. The closeness of this topic shows throughout the record, where Upchurch’s powerful vocals press through brooding instrumentals, crafted by bandmate Edward Quinn.
Born from a university assignment four years ago, the project began with a chance coupling of two individuals – Miller Upchurch and Edward Quinn – with an obsession for sound. Slum Sociable first ignited public interest with the release of their debut EP, TQ and since then, the Melbourne duo have performed across Australia, showcased at New York’s CMJ, Brighton’s Great Escape Festival and completed subsequent European tours alongside festival slots at Laneway and Splendour In The Grass.
Now, Slum Sociable are building from the vibrant groundwork previously paved to unleash their highly-anticipated, self-titled debut album, driving the content and production levels into previously untouched terrain.
The 12 songs that comprise Slum Sociable are the product of total synchronisation between Upchurch and Quinn. The duality makes for a diverse listen; one where sounds expand further with each repeat, leaving us with infinite space to discover all the compliments of the duo’s established style.
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