Into the Shadow

by Slowly Rolling Camera

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Tracks mastered at 88.2kHz and 24 bit rate.

Slowly Rolling Camera formed in Cardiff in 2013 and brought together four wildly talented musicians from diverse backgrounds. The result was a captivating hybrid of these influences: trip hop, jazz, soul, electronic music fused into a new and unique soundscape. The product was their eponymous album, released on Edition Records in February 2014 and received ecstatically by press (including the Guardian and Stern Magazine) and audiences alike.

Live, they’ve proved a phenomenon, wowing audiences from Cardiff to Hamburg and at high profile festivals including Umea Jazz Festival (SE), Love Supreme (UK), London Jazz Festival (UK) and Reeperbahn Festival (DE).

SRC have spent 2014 honing their music on the road and have recently returned to the studio to record a bold and striking four track EP, Into The Shadow, for release on 10th November 2014. Into The Shadow sees the band deepen and further develop their sound, integrating lush electronic soundscapes, emotive melodies, shifts in dynamic and pace. With Elliot Bennett’s virtuosic, robust groove and Robert’s exemplary production techniques, it provides the perfect setting for the captivating, soulful voice of Dionne Bennett to impressively mould the lyrics around the musical arrangement.

In order to capture the spirit and energy of the band the EP was written and recorded in only three months. Employing the creative spirit and boundless energies of Mancunian master guitarist Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra), Bristol based Ben Waghorn on sax and Aidan Thorne, Cardiff’s top double bassist, Slowly Rolling Camera’s new recording has a big sound and big ambitions to match.

The suite-like opener River’s End, a song about asking for forgiveness, introduces a powerful and emotive ambience from the off. The title track, with its gloriously empowering crescendo, takes the power of love in transforming loneliness via the sweet sound of the string arrangements. Anne leads us through hope to regret with a beautifully raw and emotive stripped down arrangement featuring Fender Rhodes and Bennett’s intimate vocal set against a wall of strings and choral voices. The final track, Riga, forms a satisfying conclusion, its odd time signatures, shifting patterns, beats, grooves and moods defining everything that’s great about this band: bold, brave, experimental but with deep soul.

These four tracks confirm that SRC’s promise is no transient thing and indicates progression on a steep curve. ‘Into The Shadow’ continues to push the musical boundaries and there can only be excitement at where this young, immensely talented outfit can go next. But they remain rooted, however vaunting the ambition. As the band say: “If it moves you, it’s just good music”.

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released 10 November 2014

Slowly Rolling Camera are:
DIONNE BENNETT lyrics, vocals
DERI ROBERTS sound design, electronics, producer, trombone
ELLIOT BENNETT drums
DAVE STAPLETON fender rhodes, synths

Music by Dave Stapleton and Dionne Bennett
Lyrics by Dionne Bennet
Additional music by Elliot Bennett and Deri Roberts
Produced by Deri Roberts
Executive producer: Dave Stapleton

www.slowlyrollingcamera.com www.editionrecords.com

Musicians:
STUART McCALLUM guitar
BEN WAGHORN saxophone
AIDAN THORNE double bass

Other Musicians:
VERNERI POHJOLA trumpet
MATT ROBERTSON synth programming KATY ROWE violin
VICTORIA STAPLETON violin TANWEN EVANS violin NIAMH FERRIS viola BERNARD KANE viola ABIGAIL BLACKMAN cello BEATRICE NEWMAN cello

Recorded by Andy Allan and Deri Roberts at Queens Road Studios, Bridgend and DER Studios, Barry in August and September 2014.
Mixed by Andy Allan at Queens Road Studios, Bridgend in September 2014.

Mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering, South Wales on 1st October 2014. Artwork photography by Martin Johansson.
Artwork design by Darren Rumney.

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Slowly Rolling Camera, teams up composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett & drummer Elliot Bennett. Their music has distinct echoes of the ‘invisible soundtracks’ of UK progressives Cinematic Orchestra & 4Hero combining double bass led grooves, with shifting rhythms & arresting harmonies all skilfully performed by some of the best jazz musicians in the UK. ... more

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Track Name: River's End
Give me a moment, I’m begging won’t you be a friend?
My past self, wants to talk with you and make amends.
Prayed to deities, to give me inner peace,
It did not balance me or hear my call.
What’s the pressure for? My defiance on the floor,
Do you need me to confess some more?

Life’s uncertainties, make me ill at ease,
And I don’t want to fail to explain.
For you can tell no doubt, with no words spoken loud
We feel anxieties all the same.

Let go.
Time heals, let go.
What you gonna do?
Time is done with you,
What you gonna do?
Time heals, let go.

Time heals, fade away.
Fade away your grave mistakes.

Let go.
Time heals, let go.
What you gonna do?
Time is done with you,
What you gonna do?
Time heals, let go.
Track Name: Into the Shadow
Show me, show me that you care.

Verse 1
A child of rage, feelings warped,
That circulate, in the void
You gave me faith, when mine was gone
Don’t play with me, I’m not the one.
My loneliness won’t shield my soul,
You’re happiness consumed that all.
You said come and see yourself
And you could take me on.

Verse 2
A child of rage, fear is war
Communicate with me, now I’m the one.
My loneliness won’t shield my soul,
You’re happiness consumed that all.
You said come heal yourself,
You can take my armour
Chorus
You shined a light, I spread the word
Show me.
You were my guide, you taught me to love
Show me
My loneliness won’t shield my soul,

You’re happiness consumed that all.
You said come and heal yourself,
Let me change your world.
Show me, show me that you care.
Track Name: Anne
I’m just a shell of who I could’ve been,
Just a shell.
Hope somebody loves me when I’m old and grey.
Hope somebody comes by to spend the time of day
Hope somebody wants me and holds me dear,
Hope somebody misses me when I’m not here.
Oh the shame, I’ve become,
All the pain, of what I’ve done.
Only the mirror see’s me,
Only the mirror and me.
Chorus
I’m just a shell of who I could’ve been
Just a shell

Hope somebody loves me when I’m old and grey.
Hope somebody comes by just to spend the time of day
Hope somebody wants me and holds me dear,
And when I’m gone whose gonna shed a tear?
Oh the shame and all my pain.
I’m just a shell of who I could’ve been
Just a shell.
I’m just a shell of who I could’ve been
Just a shell.
Just a shell.
Track Name: Riga
I don’t know what’s in your head but so often people are misled,
From the truth,
Time to choose.
I don’t know what you’ve been taught but real integrity cannot
be brought,
Oh no,
Here’s the news.
Love and light can’t flow through you,
Words they hurt, laced with attitude
Twisted edge, your twisted edge.
And I curse the one that gave me pain
Threw me shade, gave me a masquerade,
I missed your true intentions, didn’t see through your pretensions
You’re playing fools and I was the game.
You see through eyes of pure and envious green
When I scratched the surface felt no flesh beneath
For you were just some construct, a maybe person but not much
More to you ain’t nothing worse.

Chorus
Question if you want to get closer?
Then the answer brings exposure,
I’m the prison to control your heart,
I’m the one to give you some closure.