It may just be me who has this idea, but some bands have a sound that seems to be really reminiscent of 20th Century surfer culture. Slip Away is one of those songs that definitely fuels that vibe. The second single following their debut ‘Wrong Move’, The Feens certainly don’t sound like a band in their infancy right from the opening moments of Slip Away. Instead the sound is refined, deep and mellow up until the chorus, amping it up to 11 to pull you in.
The sound The Feens use here are a mix of twanging guitars, drums that make for a deep yet unobtrusive sound and a great vocal performance to round it off.
Far and away my favourite part of the track is the guitar, wholesome in delivery with a mixture of different sounds that worm their way into your brain soon as the track begins. The use of pedals to add some great compression and reverb is outstanding, adding some incredible substance to the track. I’m sure anyone listening to Slip Away would understand what I mean, although anyone who hasn’t will just have to trust that it’s a thing of beauty.
Although the guitar work was by far my favourite part of the track, it’s not to take away from the rest of the song at all. The bass is mellow and almost missable, adding mood without intruding. The drums though muted are great and add some lovely substance to the underlying track. And finally the vocals have great range, with wistful moments one second, and crooning the next which gives a lot of variety. Overall the track is a lot crammed into 4 minutes, with repeat listening being the best way to unpack it all.