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Slaney Bay Release New EP “Why Does Love Mean Loss?” – Out Now | Release Feature

October 2, 2023
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Slaney Bay Release New EP ‘Why Does Love Mean Loss?’ – Out Now

South West London indie specialists Slaney Bay have just released their new EP ‘Why Does Love Mean Loss?’, which came out September 29th and is available now.

Building on a manic summer across the festival circuit, with widely praised slots at The Great Escape, Gold Sounds, 110 Above, TiffCuff and Dot To Dot, the budding trio have also ticked off a support run alongside Coach Party (previous slots w/ Sinead O’Brien, Bleach Lab & Low Hummer), and are currently gearing up for what promises to be a busy autumn live run – including their debut London headliner at Colours Hoxton (November 3rd).

Spawning lead singles ‘The Fall’, ‘Move On’ and ‘EST’, Slaney Bay have certainly sparked plenty of attention throughout the press landscape (Billboard, The Independent, Dork, The Line Of Best Fit,  Gigwise, Rough Trade, Under The Radar), in addition to landing several BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) and BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq) plays, with the three childhood friends’ dazzling potential exemplified throughout their latest extended-release.

Speaking of their EP’s arrival, frontwoman Cait Whitley explained: “‘Why Does Love Mean Loss?’ explores the interconnectivity between love and loss. Without loss, love wouldn’t be as meaningful. Without love, loss wouldn’t be as painful. Their existence strengthens each other. We have a tendency to try and avoid the hurt, internally questioning ‘Why Does Love Mean Loss?’. Why can’t I just have love without the pain? Is it even still worth it? The tracklist examines all forms of love and loss. Building from a loved one moving away in ‘EST’, to the loss of motivation in ‘The Fall’, and crescendoing on the most painful scenario – love and loss battling for dominance in the experience of grief (“Family Tree”). 

Following their incredible debut EP, Slaney Bay return with this dazzling record.

Their EP opener “The Fall” captures their blazing energy, a track that continues to grow and show the scale of the musicians and their vivid creativity. This record hooks the listener with this immense gravitational pull and the audience is fixated on the dynamic course of this 6 track release. From the first release and the hypnotic traits resonating with fury, “EST” follows. Easily one of the strongest compositions out there, built on this commanding drum shuffle, this complex low-end and the almighty sweeping intensity, hypnotic rhythms and the most moving vocal harmonies. This loop of notes dazzles, further adding to the momentum of the infectious attributes. Slaney Bay are delving into this affectionate world where they unite power and fragility, it’s vivid and meaningful and their latest release is nothing short of a triumph. Immersed in one landscape, the EP quickly flows and twists to “No One Else” where this innovative atmosphere leads the direction. Delicate harmonies glide through the raucous rhythms that resonate with this stirring effect.

Next up “Move On” is a masterpiece, a deeply enthralling and moving release that affects the audience with the journey of this release. Swirling melancholia and intimate lyrics, this volatile vision ultimately exudes this strong unity of all musicians. The hard-hitting instrumentation gathers momentum and continues to weave such complex layers into the soundscape. The guitar tonality the sustained bass/depth to the release transmits the track to deeper impressions. Throughout the release, the audience embraces the hauntingly beautiful vocal exploration, that devours this expressive harmonic direction. Following the almost euphoric creation, the EP moves to the darker penultimate track “House Party”, a track that once again provides variation to Slaney Bay‘s expressive range. A slower, intense ensemble that starts with softer introductions to their tonality and textures and builds upon these vital layers to deliver this fragile ambience. Finally, the track jumps to a more ferocious cut, whilst the melody melts through the landscape, the brighter textures and fast-paced tempo bring this lasting influence.

Slaney Bay have created this truly moving collection, an EP that continues to capture the outfits’ promise, progression and timeless tracks. 6 tracks which convey so much emotion, connection and complexity.



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