On their forthcoming third LP, Melbourne four-piece Slowly Slowly traverse through a formative last 18 months for front man and songwriter Ben Stewart. Where their critically-acclaimed 2018 record St. Leonards found him reflecting on his entire life – harking back to painful moments and trying to rectify them – Race Car Blues captures a year-and-a-half’s worth of Stewart looking square at himself in the mirror, both as a man and an artist.
“You realise as you get to your late 20s that no one’s going to fix you, no one gives a fuck, the world keeps turning and everyone’s on their own trajectories,” he says. “If you’re not looking out for yourself you’ll just get left behind, you’ll wake up and all those dreams you had won’t get actualised.
“It’s a lifelong pursuit,” he adds. “I guess for me this album is about realising that it’s all in the journey, not the destination. The last 18 months has been about changing my thought processes and my habits to allow myself to enjoy the journey of it.”