Hawaiian-style jazz quintet Slowey and the Boats was formed by steel guitarist Isaac Stanford several years ago with a mission to play fun and sophisticated music throughout Philadelphia. The group released their debut album Set Sail in 2017 and, in the same year, stopped by World Cafe Live for a Free at Noon session. Now, they’ve just released their second record entitled Beneath an Amber Moon via Hi-Tide Records.
Beneath an Amber Moon is a light, tropical blend of various genres that range from classic 1960s to swinging 1970s. Unlike the purely instrumental Set Sail, the new album features Shannon McGill on vocals for “On a Slow Boat to China,” “Hawaiian War Chant,” and “Brazil”. The album was made “the old-fashioned style” as stated by the band, meaning it was recorded live all at once, most of it at Retro City Studios in Philly.
Becoming a staple of the city’s eclectic world music scene, Slowey and the Boats consists of five talented artists with a passion for island music. The band has held a residency at the Dawson Street Pub in Wissahickon for five years, playing monthly for patrons and music lovers. In addition, the play Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park on August 16th for the Hi-Tide Summer Holiday event — details here. Check out Beneath an Amber Moon below. It’s available now on all streaming services.