Slowly Slowly are ripping through life right now, showing absolutely no signs of slowing down; pun intended. The past year has been massive for the Melbourne four-piece with milestones like opening for Red Hot Chili Peppers and cracking open a can of success with their 2018 LP St. Leonards. The band have been announced on this year’s Splendour in the Grass lineup and recently covering Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” for Triple J’s live event, Good Az Friday. Essentially, Slowly Slowly are on a roll and they’ve just topped it off with the release of their new single “Jellyfish”.
“Jellyfish” is a surprisingly upbeat tune that has really come from a new place, a place that is okay with me. With a sound closer to 2000s pop-punk heroes Bowling for Soup or The All-American Rejects, the song is a fucking groove. Slowly Slowly have always been very in touch with attention-absorbing melodies but this is almost too catchy. The band have stated that the song-writing process was a more well-thought out process than a stab in the dark. The change in process has put together a very fresh effort and produced very interesting results.
The track, while it may be upbeat, contains a rather heavy subject matter. Have you ever thought; how in hell does the world exist? How am I even possible? Well, then this is the song for you. The idea of existential crises is addressed ever so pleasantly in “Jellyfish”. The trick to the track’s happiness is the love song woven throughout these mental explorations. I wanted to quote a line that expresses the love amongst the two characters, but almost every line does. So, it’s up to you to pick your favourite. Personally, the best in my books has to be “Have you ever seen a jellyfish? Now, that shit’s crazy”. I’d follow these guys to end of the earth honestly.
The quartet have a busy schedule through the year, including a tour with Amy Shark. I am eager to see what may come before those shows and I definitely can’t wait to hear them live. “Jellyfish” is the anthem for something very big to come. It will be pretty weird, pretty strange and I’m sure that shit will be crazy.