We’re very excited to announce The Torchlight Parade, the forthcoming ninth album from US-based ambient artist Slow Dancing Society (Drew Sullivan). Sullivan’s debut, The Sound of Lights When Dim, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, is now considered one of the classics of modern ambient. The first cut from the new album, ‘East Sprague’, is available now via SoundCloud and Bandcamp, with the full album seeing release on the 4th of May.
“To a secret and hidden place where the past and present merge in a luminous cascade of sights and sounds which few can discern. How far can one artist and their craft pull you out of your own life? Listen to this album and decide that for yourself, only don’t do it hastily and don’t expect it all to hit you at once. This individual clearly revels in the sublime, no note is out of place, no hint of beauty given up rashly. Everything is conceived and composed to hit all those sweet spots in your head which you thought no one else could. It’s divine here, think I’ll stay a while.”” – Santa Sangre on The Cogent Sea
Continuing Drew Sullivan’s nocturnal explorations, The Torchlight Parade takes a smouldering instrumental palette and sparks it to life with gorgeous slo-mo guitar, pulsating synth bass and sparse beatwork. While SDS’s discography is best described as immersive, The Torchlight Parade feels submersive, pulling the listener into an instrumental soundworld with a genuine depth and distinct sense of place. All of the song titles on The Torchlight Parade refer to actual roads or places in Sullivan’s home town of Spokane, Washington, mapping out a deeply personal musical psychogeography. A spiritual successor to 2012’s Laterna Magica, the album extends its cinematic intentions through vividly filmic narratives, presenting an incredibly cohesive whole.
Slow Dancing Society’s music is available for licensing (film, tv, web etc) via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more information.