By Blake Parker
Élvio Rodrigues is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer based in Lisbon, Portugal. After being drawn particularly to the musical styles of field recordings and stripped-down pianos, Rodrigues has utilized these elements to compile the debut EP of his project – Slowburner – due out March 14th, 2017.
Slowburner’s EP, Before I Return To Dust, is a measured and deliberate exploration of sound that does not demand one’s attention the way other modern music does. Rather, the music of Slowburner beckons one into a fuzzy world where time seems slowed to a syrupy pace and things are soft, as if blanketed in thick snow. The compositions are playful, humble, and inwardly dramatic at once, making for an emotionally dense listener response to rather straightforward soundscapes. The ambient field recordings allow one’s mind to wander as it did during time spent in the backyard during summer days that seemed to go on forever, and the clear notes of piano give direction to the music without requiring one to follow, simply offering a hand. Slowburner’s EP is an invitation more than anything else - an invitation to take a slower pace.