Plays on Saturday
Simon Okely is lost in time. Or at least, his songs sound that way: warm, near-whispered indie-rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding west coast, heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination. “I try not to be too caught up in trends and what’s popular in music now and just focus in on my passions, my influences,” grins the Melbourne songwriter better known as Slow Dancer, whose 2014 debut Surrender was a melt-your-heart, Fleetwood Mac-with-Neil Young licks “pop postcard” from another time, another place.
He returned in 2017 with new single ‘Don’t Believe’ and a new album, In A Mood, this June. “It’s a little more tasteful, involving new instruments, like drum machines and strings,” says the 31-year-old. Have a listen is our recommendation and you’ll probably be lost in time yourself.