Formed in 2019 and boasting an eclectic collection of influences that range from Eminem to Hiatus Kaiyote, Cameron and the Slumberknights are in the midst of an evolution. After impressing with their hip-shaking debut “Pour” and their introspective sophomore anthem “Midnight”, as well as their pop-soul infused third single “Old Jacinto”, the group have been reflecting on their artistry and honing their sound. Fronted by South African songwriter Cameron Donald (Cam the Slumberknight), the band also features Jim “Creature.” Cornelissen on drums, Ben Thompson (TOM THE SUN) on guitar and Dan Collins on bass. Praised for their sincerity (Ryan Gaur, Central Sauce) and irrefutable groove (Robin Fulton, Earmilk), the collective pride themselves on the musicality and substance of their coming-of-age songwriting. Peppering their vibe-laden tracks with a bittersweet nostalgia, Cameron and the Slumberknights tackle themes such as youth, faith and depression in their exploration of The Slumber. Their Summer Rains Pack is the first offering from the London-born band in over a year and aspires to remind the listener of young loves and afterschool adventures etched in neighbourhood folklore. “I Held You So Close” dares to dream of the ones that got away, and twinges with a commendable romantic innocence. On the band-produced track Cam the Slumberknight addresses his own heartbreak spiral, poetically pondering the mistakes a boy will make whilst grappling with his own adolescence. Glued together with acoustic guitars that are so roomy and charming you might believe they’d been recorded on an iPhone (they were), and drenched in delictable backing vocals, “I Held You So Close” is an endearing summer bop that chugs with a snarling bassline and beautifully concludes with guest vocalist Alison May’s own lament. On the moody lofi-rap B-Side “Summer Rains”, Cam the Slumberknight offers his most intricate verses to date. A stark contrast to the sparkling soundscape of “I Held You So Close”, “Summer Rains” vividly paints a tapestry of the frontman’s childhood, when the world was at the foot of his new bike’s kickstand. The track, built upon gloomy electric pianos, with Thomson’s electric guitars blossoming between Cam’s candid storytelling and the knock of Creature.’s signature drums, offers a touchingly relatable insight into the wistfulness of youth.
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