Listen to Julie Slick’s sprawling ambient rock in Fourth Dementia

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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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One Response to “Listen to Julie Slick’s sprawling ambient rock in Fourth Dementia

  1. Lee_Kirkpatrick

    I’m not sure I agree with your characterization of Fourth Dementia as “more outright prog rock,” nor of Terroir as “psychedelic” — though I confess I can’t do any better in summarizing the difference in a few words. The problem with these (or any labels) is that there is so much diversity WITHIN each album that the differences between them seem relatively small by comparison. I’m also not sure about “ambient prog-rock” as a generic label for Slick’s unique sound, though again I don’t have a better term to substitute. Some of it would well be described as “ambient,” some as “prog,” some as “psychedelic,” etc., but again the remarkable diversity of influences and approaches defies categorization via any single label. Maybe we should just describe it as a new genre called “Julie Slick music” and be done with it.

    One correction that I am sure about: “Terroir” was Julie’s second solo album, not first. The first was titled simply “Julie Slick” (and is also great).

    Anyway, all that aside, the music on “Fourth Dementia,” like both of Julie’s solo albums, is great — whatever the heck you decide to call it.

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