Mardi Lumsden – “Slow emotion”

Photo Credits: Jade Ferguson, Visual Poets Society

Brisbane-based Mardi Lumsden delivers a soulful pop charmer with the single “Slow emotion,” representing the title track from her newly released sophomore album. A disco-infused rhythm section and mellow, glistening keys combine with Lumsden’s assured vocal presence for a riveting sound throughout.

The track takes inspiration from the relationship of Lumsden and her husband/producer/co-writer Andrew Pennay — specifically detailing “the story of falling for your best friend.” Lyrics yearn for wanting more than a friendship, while also being wary of ruining everything. “It’s about taking the chance and telling someone how you feel, and hoping they feel the same way,” Lumsden says.

The suave, contemplative composure of the initial verses — “don’t wanna tie you down and ruin this,” — rides cohesively into the smooth title-touting hook. The “creepin’ up on me,” punctuation plays with hypnotic effect, especially upon the dazzling keys adding during the concluding reprise. “Slow emotion” is another stellar success from Mardi Lumsden, who impressed with the track “nineteen” in November.

Stream the album:

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Soul.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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