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Slowly Rolling Camera Arrives at Turner Sims

Published: 30 January 2014

We are excited to announce the release of the debut album from Slowly Rolling Camera, featuring Southampton’s Dave Stapleton (Turner Sims Professor).

Slowly Rolling Camera is a new project that teams up pianist-composer, and Turner Sims Professor, 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.

Dipping into a diverse world of trip-hop, jazz and drum and bass rhythms, the record is influenced as much by the Cinematic Orchestra and Portishead as by James Blake and Bonobo, this music is both ethereal and visceral, brimming with real emotion and restless intelligence.

Engineered and mixed by Andy Allan (Portishead, Massive Attack), ‘Slowly Rolling Camera’, is the self titled début album set for release early 2014 on Edition Records. The albums free flowing soul and digital funk shows a boundless approach to arrangement, from the warm, free flowing and texturally rich harmonies of tracks such as ‘Bridge’ and ‘Rain That Falls’ to the vibrating rhythms and ambient soundscapes of ‘Protagonist’ and ‘Rolling Clouds’, this is a remarkably produced album full of beauty and emotion.

The 4 band members have known each other for over 10 years playing in various jazz, funk & soul bands in the clubs of Cardiff, but it wasn’t until 2012 when they converged to form Slowly Rolling Camera. Bringing together 4 unique approaches in writing and production, the results are a highly original and collaborative sound from people that know each other, and know playing together. Expanding to a 7 piece for the live set, this band is a formidable and distinctive unit.

Slowly Rolling Camera will be performing at Turner Sims on Friday 31st January 2014, for more information, see the Turner Sims website.

'If you’re looking for an album that has got hipster dinner-party scrawled all over it, then look no further. This is a jazzed-up nu-soul affair which is stuffed with orchestral sweeps, Bristol-style trip-hop and ethereal drum and bass rhythms. There is plenty of richness to be found in the grooves, too, and space (and quietness) is used in the effective manner of James Blake'.

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