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Guy Blakeslee – Ophelia Slowly (2014)

13-06-2014, 13:38
Music | Folk | Rock | Alternative | Indie | FLAC / APE

Guy Blakeslee – Ophelia Slowly (2014)

Artist: Guy Blakeslee
Title Of Album: Ophelia Slowly
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Everloving Inc.
Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Psychedelic, Alternative
Quality: Mp3 | Flac
Bitrate: 320 kbps | Lossless
Total Time: 51:40 Min
Total Size: 125 Mb | 353 Mb


1. Haunted City
2. Kneel and Pray
3. Smile On
4. The Cloud
5. Year of the Dragon
6. Ophelia Floats Away
7. Told Myself
8. City in the Rain
9. Ophelia Brown

If you’re a fan of psychedelic rock, you might have heard Guy Blakeslee in the band he formed The Entrance Band. Ophelia Slowly, however, is Blakeslee’s first solo album in ten years. Ophelia Slowly drifts away from the psychedelic sound his band gave, and has a more bluesy rock sound. The highlight of the record is his drawling voice and lyrics. In a nutshell, the record is about home, what that means, and the emotions leaving home and coming back give. While his unique voice is one of his strengths, in some of the songs it can sound a little annoying with the melody.
Blakeslee knows how to draw out words in a way that can draw you in. Blakeslee says about Ophelia Slowly, “In a way, the words and the vocal performance are the focus of this record. The music is there to create a mood for the voice to exist in. It’s the first time there’s not a lot of effects on my vocals, there’s a little reverb, but it doesn’t sound far away. In the past I was covering up my voice, turning it down and drowning it out.” In some songs, however, the way he drags out words hinders more than it helps. In “Ophelia Floats Away” (a reference to the death of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet, along with the album title) Blakeslee lengthens each word which takes away from the lyrics. He sounds like he’s wailing, so it takes away from the rest of the elements in the song and can be irritating. That being said, there aren't many misses on this record. “Kneel and Pray” features a distinctive guitar riff and a catchy chorus. While the record holds mainly rock sounds, “Told Myself” is more folksy or singer-songwriter style, using an acoustic guitar as the primary instrument. Blakeslee sings in a higher register in this song and shows off a unique tone in his voice. This song works in a crooked, awkward sort of way. This isn’t the type of sound that you’d expect from Blakeslee, his voice generally lending more to a rock style, but the clumsiness of the song works. Another standout on the record is “City In The Rain,” which has an unique chorus and faster paced that a lot of the rest of the record. The lyrics are pessimistic but relatable, Blakeslee singing, “Scars on my knees ‘cause I’ve been praying so long / And when you hear me praying I’m trying to make it home.”
While this record has many listenable, likable songs, overall it can be forgettable and is nothing truly remarkable. It’s a worth taking a listen to a few of the songs to see if it’s something you’d like. It’s the type of record that could be played in the background or listen to the lyrics, which hold a subtle power themselves. We’re glad that Blakeslee used a more naked style with his voice for this record, it makes Ophelia Slowly more soulful and honest.

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