Album: Solveig Slettahjell SMOT, Arpan Sessions (Jazzland)

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The Independent Culture

Less like jazz, more like a fractured and reconstituted art-pop, the Slow Motion Orchestra sound is song-form crushed by glaciers over millennia.

Being slow as ice doesn't always compel attention, of course, sometimes sounding merely dull. But always the group improvises its way into Slettahjell's songs which means the music is never merely indie-inert. And there's a big Emily Dickinson dimension to the text, resulting in many weather references. Not their best album but it is a new one.