As the latest offering from Chicago-based foursome Slow Pulp, the compelling “Falling Apart” offers melodic, psychedelic atmospherics.
With their debut album due out this autumn, the quartet give a taster of what to expect from the coming LP Moveys. With its measured melodic clarity and seamless vocal flow, tranquil indie-guitar lines create textures in serene layers.
Fronted by guitarist and vocalist Emily Massey, Slow Pulp are developing a knack for hooks and emotive, melodious writing. Intricate and deemphasised, “Falling Apart” renders each element with beguiling flair, showing inner strength and resilience after a life-changing and eventful year for Massey in particular.
"As we were finishing up writing the album my parents got into a serious car accident and I came back home to help take care of them,” says Massey. “A couple of weeks later COVID-19 started getting worse in the US, and quarantine began.
“Life felt completely surreal, everything had drastically changed and at such a rapid pace. It was especially strange because everyone was experiencing the same thing at the same time, but couldn’t be physically with each other to support each other. I felt like I couldn’t process any emotions I had about the whole ordeal because I had to keep it together to take care of my family.
“It became easier to stay numb, and create a facade that I was doing ok, than it was to release any type of healthy emotion for a long time. Luckily I did allow myself to have a full on breakdown induced by a stubbed toe and confusion over taxes, sometimes it’s the littlest things that finally get you."
The track is paired with a video featuring Massey in transient landscapes where flying objects and collaged pieces produce an altogether captivating experience.