Philly bassist Julie Slick recently released her latest project, a collaboration with Marco Machera called Fourth Dementia. Over the years, Slick has been a part of a slew of local bands ranging from Paper Cat to DRGN King. For the past few years, she’s been touring as a part of Crimson ProjeKCt, a project of King Crimson singer-guitarist Adrian Belew, and touring around the world. In between all that, she’s found time to write and record a handful of solo releases – including this latest one with Machera and her brother Eric (who also drums in Dr. Dog).
In comparison to her second solo album, 2010’s psychedelic Terroir, Fourth Dementia is more outright prog-rock. The album was recorded over the course of one month, inspired by the impromptu bass duets Machera and Slick did during Slick’s time in Italy. It also has a touch of sweetness, especially on the opening for “Infinity x 1”. In time, the song slowly descends into an edgy, raw loop before climaxing with a droning bass. Other songs, like “Krush” have intricate, interlocking guitar patterns. Overall, Fourth Dementia perfects the ambient prog-rock sound Slick is known for. Listen and download the album on Slick’s Bandcamp page, and check out “Infinity x 1” below.
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