Latest album ‘Juniper’ was released on 8th July 2018
ABOUT SLOWLY ROLLING CAMERA//
DAVE STAPLETON composer, keyboards
DERI ROBERTS electronics, sound design
ELLIOT BENNETT drums
Since 2013 Slowly Rolling Camera have carved a path for themselves as one of the rising stars of the European Jazz scene. Praised for their intense and powerful live shows as well as receiving critical acclaim from the international press, their heavy grooves, unleashed hooks and extremely emotional contrasts has become a hallmark of their epic sound.
With two albums (Slowly Rolling Camera, 2014 – All Things 2016) and an EP (Into the Shadow, 2015) behind them, in 2017 they evolved as a unit, focussing more instrumentally, led by composer / keyboardist Dave Stapleton, drummer Elliot Bennett and producer / sound design artist Deri Roberts.
Deutschland Radio described the ‘way jazz and trip-hop merge in Slowly Rolling Camera’s music is genius’ whilst the Guardian announced the band as a ‘powerful newcomer with Rising Star written all over it. Superb!’.
Juniper is the emphatic and uplifting third album from Cardiff based Slowly Rolling Camera and their strongest and most impactful statement yet. Masterminded by Edition label boss Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts and drummer Elliot Bennett, Juniper fuses expansive jazz grooves with rich cinematic soundscapes marking the beginning of a new era for the group, anchoring new instrumental roots whilst bringing together a dynamic instrumental team of ex-Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum, bassist Aidan Thorne and Belgian saxophonist Nicolas Kummert. With Juniper the band have returned to the original vision of their instrumental roots and the result is vibrant, bold and excitingly fresh.
The new music sustains their lush aural trajectory, evoking comparisons with the Cinematic Orchestra, blending strong melodies, big grooves and surprising turns of phrase, instilled with an expansive emotional gravitas. Colliding worlds of jazz, trip-hop and cinematic soundscapes, this music is a rich culmination of 15 years of friendship and making music together.
‘Calls to mind the electronic soundscape makers like Cinematic Orchestra. This is heaven sent’. SHROPSHIRE STAR
‘A jazzed-up nu-soul affair which is stuffed with orchestral sweeps, Bristol-style trip-hop and ethereal drum and bass rhythms’. CRACK MAGAZINE
‘The lungful vocals of Dionne Bennett are a big hook, not least the refrain ‘you give me the air I need to breathe,’ … everything here sounds impeccable’. BUZZ MAGAZINE
‘They have a secret weapon in the shy, rangy figure of Dionne Bennett, whose versatility can rise from percussively playful jazzy soul to a belter of near Tina Turner-like proportions’. JAZZWISE