Slow Skate

Add Seattle band Slow Skate to the lineage of hazy, glacially-moving, female-led bands that includes Mazzy Star, Cowboy Junkies, and, more recently, the Sub Pop-signed duo Beach House. That last band especially comes to mind listening to Slow Skate’s latest Soundcloud offerings, “Silver Screen” and “When Sugar Was King.” Singer Caitlin Sherman has a clean, Valium-calm voice that unfolds with surprising range and emotion—warm and heavy one moment, ghostly light the next. The band’s songs are appropriately unhurried, reverb-treated, and vintage-sounding, all grainy, time-keeping drums, wavering and twangy guitars, and accents of piano or harpsichord. This is stretch-out-and-wait sort of stuff, not for the ADD-inclined, but it doesn’t plod so much as make a virtue of slowness, Sherman’s lingering syllables perfectly enacting the aching and longing hinted at in her lyrics. With Alameda, The Northern Key. ERIC GRANDY

Fri., May 27, 10 p.m., 2011

 
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