SLOW HANDS ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM I’LL FIND ME
OUT NOVEMBER 6TH VIA WOLF + LAMB
REVEALS NEW SONG “PHONOGRAPH LOVE”
TODAY VIA WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Though there’s a hint of his electronic past in the funky, subtly driving beat, [“Phonograph Love”] owes more to guitars and a gleaming electric piano sound that surround Cavanaugh’s whispery falsetto vocals… Disenchanted with the state of electronic music, Cavanaugh returned to his musical roots on “I’ll Find Me.” – Wall Street Journal
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“A variety of organic sounds, including a live rhythm section, guitar, and Cavanagh’s own vocals… All of these warm, fuzzy sounds amount to one thing: your sweater weather soundtrack.” – VICE thump
“Slathered with honey-dipped melodies and graced by a steady-as-she-goes pacing” – Time Out New York
A classically trained multi-instrumentalist weaned on jazz, blues, and soul, Vermont native Ryan Cavanagh – known to fans as Slow Hands – has built quite a following since signing to Brooklyn-based boutique label Wolf + Lamb.
Releasing a handful of singles, remixes, and a well-received EP (2014’s Everything We Are), Cavanagh established a reputation as an up-an-coming deep house producer, remixer, and DJ known for his soulful grooves and deft touch on the dance floor.
All of which makes his debut album, I’ll Find Me—and its sharp right into a genre-morphing frontier of atmospheric guitars and whispery vocals—both an unexpected sonic shift and a return to his songwriting roots.
Out November 6th, I’ll Find Me—its name a nod to the re-exploration of his classical background—is driven by storytelling. Recorded in an old renovated maple-sugar house in the expanse of a verdant Vermont forest, the album retains elements of the lush soulful grooves for which Slow Hands is known, but the focus has expanded.
“As a DJ, you’re mixing another person’s songs together; as a musician, you’re exposing every possible failure in yourself,” explains Cavanagh of the artistic fatigue that inspired this change of course.
The groove/dream state of “Phonograph Love” – premiering today via Wall Street Journal – explores this dilemma. At face value, it’s a snarky reflection on “DJ groupies, who are everywhere, throwing themselves at any dude with a flash drive,” he says. But at heart, it’s an admission of the isolation he feels from superstar-DJ culture.
Slow Hands is not through DJing—that will always be a part of him. But matching beats is now extracurricular to his day job: a musician who crafts albums, instead of just making tracks.
Now that he’s thoroughly roused bodies, Slow Hands wants to captivate minds.
Ryan Cavanagh / Slow Hands (Photo Credit: Michael Persico)
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