Hidden Shoal is excited to present ‘The Color of Despair‘, the new single from American ambient artist Slow Dancing Society. The song is lifted from the forthcoming album The Wagers Of Love And Their Songs From The Witching Hour, due for release on the 23rd of August 2016.
On his seventh full-length release as Slow Dancing Society, Drew Sullivan’s sound continues to evolve. This 19-track epic meshes the warm, rich SDS sound with a new set of textures, bringing these musical snapshots into vivid definition. Trumpet and saxophone nestle amidst lyrical guitar lines, pulsing rhythms and expansive synths, creating an immersive and melancholy listen, tempered with rays of hope.
Sullivan’s work is as cinematic as ever, yet here he’s scoring a more personal film. Profoundly influenced by Sullivan’s experience of becoming a father for the first time, the album took shape around the creation of single ‘The Color of Despair’. The track distilled his anxieties about his new life and responsibilities, and became ground zero for the album’s sound and production, with many other songs on the album evolving out of its instrumentation and feel. The ambient lyricism present here is a testament to the narrative possibilities of instrumental music, resulting in a strikingly complete-sounding album.
‘The Color of Despair’ is available now as a stream and free download. The Wagers Of Love And Their Songs From The Witching Hour is available for pre-order via iTunes and BandCamp before it’s release on 23rd August 2016.