Recorded at DTLA Recording in Los Angeles, Slouch was constructed with the help of engineer Misha Hercules and Grammy-winning producer Dennis Herring. This is the first time Nathan Williams and Herring have collaborated for a full-length project since Wavves’ much-lauded 2010 release, King Of The Beach. Caddick believes that the assistance of Herring and Hercules, as well as the studio itself, were integral to the finished product. “I feel that the studio, Dennis and Misha were just as instrumental as everything else,” he says.
Drawing largely from The Beach Boys and vocal groups such as The Flamingos and The Cadillacs, Slouch is a sunny-sounding affair packed with the darker lyrical concerns of heartbreak and loneliness. Tracks like “Fast Ice” and “Broken Link” provide foot-stomping guitar leads, encased in twinkling instrumentation. The nautically tinged “That’s My Curse” drips with melancholic beauty as the singers’ examine their predilection for self-destructive relationships. “Lately I Haven’t Been Sleeping,” a stirringly wistful mediation on lost love, is perhaps the best crystallization of Slouch’s offerings, as the sparse and decidedly modern verses give way to a thrilling California Sound-style chorus.
The end result of all this work is Slouch, a shimmering and stirring record that all three members of Spirit Club are confident in and extremely proud to have created. “I never imagined I would be able to make a record that sounds this huge,” says Caddick. “I wouldn’t have been able to make it without these guys.”