Slow Dancer- aka Australia’s Simon Okely - released his new album ‘In A Mood’ earlier this year, a lush selection of soaring guitar-pop.
As he heads out for a trio of tour dates beginning tonight (5th December), including a Perth show with big Thief, Slow Dancer has shared a new video for ‘I’ve Been Thinking’, and we’ve got its first play.
A love letter to New York City, the clip is a grainy, VHS-style clip which perfectly reflects the romanticism of the track.
We chatted to Okely about the track, its new video and his plans for 2018 (spoiler: it all got a little bit Bee Gees).
View Slow Dancer’s imminent tour dates, watch the new ‘I’ve Been Thinking’ video and read our chat below.
05 Perth, Mojo’s Bar (supporting Bahamas)
07 Perth, Fly By Night Musicians Club (supporting Big Thief)
09 Melbourne, Northcote Social Club (supporting Bahamas)
Hi Slow Dancer! Can you tell us a little bit about your track ‘I’ve Been Thinking’?
Can you imagine having a few kids? Maybe it’s not hard. Maybe you have some already. So you’ve got a kid that gets good grades. You’ve also got a kid that is quiet and not great at school but is kind of insightful and a good hang and kind of your favourite. This song is my favourite child.
The video is a love letter to New York - what struck you about the city in particular?
1. Some very important people live there and I love them.
2. The city has a frequency - It is constantly ringing - it’s alive and bristling with promise and inhibiting and looming with concrete. I like a challenge. I love NYC
With the US tour with Petal wrapped up, what’s next? Any big plans for 2018?
Surviving 2017 is one of my finest achievements - my big plans for 2018 is to not die. I’ve also got some wonderful festival appearances in Australia and I’ll chip away at writing my third record.