'Try Not To Freak Out' At This Sløtface Review
Updated: Jan 13, 2020
Norwegian band Sløtface released their debut album “Try Not To Freak Out” on Friday and, as much as we tried not to, we’ve been freaking out about it since.
The album kicks off with hard hitting ‘Magazine’, a single released a few months prior to the album. ‘Magazine’ is a particularly important song, highlighting the want to steer away from the unhealthy body images promoted in magazines. Instead of the cliché songs most bands come out with in this generation, Sløtface are writing about the important things and are promoting messages that people not only want but NEED to hear. Having ‘Magazine’ kick off the album gives the listener a little foreshadowing of what kind of album this is; current, relatable and needed.
As the album progresses, it’s striking as an innocent, youthful, runaway record. “Pitted” in particularly captivates the image of youth, as vocalist Haley Shea sings “why didn’t anybody warn me about the dangers of playing ‘I Have Never’ with prosecco?” The melodic guitar throughout the song ruptures through, keeping that youthful feel right the way through. The song includes references which make it incredibly relatable; “Playing ‘Marry, fuck, kill’ with every actor that’s ever played James Bond,” “We’ll dance like our dads, doing our hotline bling thing. God, we’re embarrassing.”
‘Nancy Drew’ is as much as a banger on the album as it was on its own as a single. The song is Shea’s attempt at creating a superhero which crushes the patriarchy, as shown in the line “taking your boys club down in one foul swoop.” Fuzzy guitars, heavy bass lines and cymbals power their way through this heavy hitter, while Haley’s voice carries the song right through to the end. Total banger.
Following heavy, fuzzy ‘Nancy Drew’ is the most magical song on the record. ‘Slumber’ highlights a platonic relationship, shown between the two voices in the song, almost as though they’re singing each line in response to each other. The song evokes such emotion, from the harmonies between singers, to the harmonies between the voices and guitar. The bridge hits the platonic relationship right in the head; “even as a child I know, that I’ll never have friends like these again.” It emphasises how these kind of relationships change with age. “Huddled in blankets on the floor” as kids is innocent and harmless, but as adults it comes with all kinds of assumptions. It’s an incredibly well written and well constructed song, making it our favourite song from this wonderful album.
Closing the album is ‘Backyard’, a song full of youthful innocence describing adventures in your backyard and breaking into an abandoned construction site. It’s the perfect, happy, carefree song to bring the album to an end.
Sløtface continue to be simply the best, creating music that’s not only relatable and promotes important messages, but can be whacked on and danced around to. ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ is everything that this year needed. An absolute belter of a debut album.