Will Archer, AKA Slime, has just shared the video for “Hot Dog”, the lead single from his forthcoming debut album Company, which is to be out on August 14, 2015. Directed by Daniel Brereton, the eerie, bucolic and slightly absurd clip follows the travails of a solitary human hot dog through the beautiful British countryside, echoing the surreal beauty of the song’s off-kilter, lonely soulfulness.
Recorded over a period of two years in-between a number of behind-the-scenes collaborations, orchestral performances and the artist’s on-going education after a relocation from Archer’s native Newcastle to London, the album Company was brought to life in a window-less rabbit warren of a studio in Hackney where Archer spent every available waking hour amassing a staggering body of work, coming to total almost 400 tracks by the time he took them to Dilip Harris (Mount Kimbie, Micachu) for mixing in early 2014.
The result is an album in which Archer prefers not to shout, instead expressing very direct ideas in a soft voice. It is at times experimental, yet melodic – which is to say, a little out of step with a lot of what else is currently around. More so, it feels borne of that same late-night ‘3amspiritual’ culture that defined late 90s electronica/instrumental hip-hop, music that was deeply personal and private, that was often hidden from the light but found a voice regardless. Archer seems of the impression there’s power in silence and restraint, because one must to lean closer to hear.
will be available on CD, LP, Deluxe LP, and digitally. The Deluxe LP is heavyweight coloured, off white vinyl and comes with a bonus CD-R mixtape of original material by Slime.
2. Striding Edge
3. Hot Dog
4. My Company
5. In One Year
7. The Way of Asprilla
8. At Sea Again Ft. Selah Sue
9. Patricia’s Stories Ft. Jeremiah Jae
10. Down and Tell