In the course of our typical frenetic existence, a moment of relaxation, recuperation, and reflection–a little room to breath, if you will–goes a long way. Enter Slow Draw, the solo project of Mark Kitchens, who you may know as one half of doom-jazz duo Stone Machine Electric. As a vehicle for sparse and ambient soundscapes, lightly steeped in exploratory psych and the meditative drawn-out cadence of drone, Slow Draw is an apt descriptor for its own relaxed presence.
Across a series of releases, Kitchens has consistently imbued each sonic element with an unhurried purpose, which, in turn, provides a welcoming and clutter-free environment. There is a place for everything, and everything is in its place. As a result, Slow Draw creates an ideal ambience for the listener to bask, in the words of The Ripple Effect, “in a sea of serenity and quiet detachment.” However, while reminiscent of a meditative soundtrack, this isn’t music that simply fades into the background. Balancing a deliberately meager palette with a keen ear for intriguing composition, Slow Draw never fails to deliver a wholly engrossing listening experience.
Praise for Slow Draw’s prior work:
“It is simply impossible to listen to the four tracks on Quiet Joy and not be transported to a place where you are temporarily removed from yourself. A place where you are able to observe and appreciate all your deepest, darkest fears and doubts without fear or anxiety.” – The Ripple Effect
“If your imagination is able to cut itself loose from its narrowed, limiting tethers, able to take flight upon wings of otherworldly-ness, then Slow Draw provides the soundtrack for your journey.” – Riff Relevant
“Gallo is a moment in the sun at the end of a day with nothing on your mind–and if you can replicate that feeling and headspace, you’re doing something right. For those moments when you need to unwind, Slow Draw comes recommended!” – Sleeping Village Reviews