After recording two of the New Wave's most cerebral and obscure albums -- "Slow Children" (1981) and "Mad About Town" (1982) -- before parting ways, Andrew Chinich and Pal Shazar are back with "Cottoncloud9," which seamlessly picks up where the duo left off. Combing quirky themes and lyrics with unique arrangements, Slow Children has long been my favorite indie band of the era, loved by the likes of Trouser Press, Richard Blade and book nerds everywhere but overlooked by the masses.
Had the good fortune of seeing an intimate gig Saturday night at Bango Lisa's House Concerts in South Orange. (Learn more HERE.)
Pal and Andrew were in fine form, performing the new album as well as Slow Children classics "Late Night Transatlantic," "Vanessa Vacillating" and "Suspense," which took on an ominous meaning giving the Trump election.
Pal's gifted hubby, Jules Shear, performed at intermission, dazzling with crowd with "All Through the Night," "If She Knew What She Wants" and a sublime cover of "Poor Side of Town" by Johnny Rivers.
Meet a bunch of cool music freaks, but most special of all I got to spend some time with the gorgeous and talented Pal, and introduce her to Damian, whom she immediately fell in love with. I know I'm set in my musical ways. But if you're looking to check out something new, can't recommend Slow Children enough.
The band will return to Manhattan for a show at the HiFi Bar on Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.