Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Slowdance

The band Slowdance played their 11th (or possibly 12th) show a week ago, opening for PS I Love You and Diamond Rings at Glasslands. Unusually captivating for an unheralded opener, the quintet zipped through a quick set of tight and moody, occasionally Francophonic indie-pop. (This sat well with French-Canadian fans of the bill’s headliners.) Slowdance bring keyboard and guitar and a rhythm section that can flip from a new wave throb to a spaghetti western rumble as easily as it delivers punchy indie-pop, all anchored by vocalist Quay Quinn-Settel’s demure cheek and soprano dramatics. She recalled France Gall, and they did Stereolab, because language still counts (even the set-closing cover of New Order’s “Consent” was not without its tie to France). Says Quinn-Settel: “I learned how to read in French before learning in English. It’s half of me, it wouldn’t feel right to sing in English alone. Plus the way the language shapes the mouth changes the timber of my voice, so it’s nice to have both.”

Other formative reference points Slowdance cite include Blondie, the Raincoats, and ’70s synthwave, which help contextualize the tracks here for you to sample (the spaghetti-soaked “Spell,” the coy “Sweetness,” “Slashed Tires”‘ airy angst). Those are below, along with a mixtape playlist we asked the band to compile as the perfect primer to the aesthetic of Slowdance. Dig in:

Slowdance – “Spell”
Slowdance – “Sweetness”

And, “Slashed Tires.”

These are the hastily taped first-gen songs; a proper recording studio, for a proper album, is in the cards. Keep up with the band at, get to know them better via this mixtape playlist they put together for you:

01 France Gall – “Laisse Tomber Les Filles”
02 Wild Nothing – “Chinatown”
03 Belong – “Perfect Life”
04 Girls At Our Best – “Go For Gold”
05 New Order – “Age Of Consent”

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