Slow Skate was the project of Seattle songwriter Caitlin Sherman and Seattle based guitarist and producer Jason Goessl. Reverb soaked vocals, vintage keyboards, antique zithers, swooning guitar lines and retro drum machines illustrate a sort of musical noir. The performances have an intense dynamic range of whispers and growls with Sherman's dark, dreamy songs as a centerpiece. Slow Skate's third full-length album, Count the Days with Me is set for release in April 2011. The most recent incarnation of Slow Skate includes longtime collaborator/producer Robb Davidson. Though the band has disbanded, Caitlin and Jason continue to produce and perform music in and out of Seattle with various other projects.
Sherman originally formed Slow Skate as a project that would allow her to play her favorite ballads, usually over a few drinks in someone's living room. After recording an album of covers in Minneapolis, summer of '05, Sherman decided to shift the focus to her original material. With two full-lengths under the Slow Skate monikor (Trace the Lines, Conduit Records 2008 and Past the Whole Parade, self-released 2009), and a series of singles set for release this year (This Ticking Clock/ Shopkeeper, Groove-O-Matic 2011) Slow Skate has kept themselves busy in and out of the living room.
"Songwriter and lead singer Caitlin Sherman has a clear, haunting voice that drew me deep into the music at first listen. I love the way it never stays the same between songs, instead moving between delicate and powerful from track to track. It blends perfectly with the band's eerie brand of indie-pop, and brings to mind voices like St. Vincent and Feist. Strings, toy piano, autoharp, and glockenspiel punctuate the finely crafted pop tunes, giving them a woozy, carnival-like feel." MEG RUDDICK, NPR's All Songs Considered - October 2009
"(Past the Whole Parade) is Slow Skate's second album, one that's full of surprises: one track will feature tinkly toy piano, and then the thing will switch gears completely and charge right into rock guitar and heavy, thudding percussion on the next. The binding thread is Caitlin Sherman's voice, which can be lilting and sweet or throaty and sensual, but is always mesmerizing." SARA BRICKNER, Seattle Weekly's Reverb September 2009
"In the case of local band Slow Skate, the title on the cover aptly describes the contents: their soft-spoken, darkly alluring indie pop is perfect for the last couples skate of the night, nervous and sweaty-palmed orbits illuminated by a mirrorball. It's a style of music you may not have heard for a while; think Portishead, The Innocence Mission or Mazzy Star with a thin stripe of shoegazer drama running through." GEOFF CARTER, The Spellout August 2009
"Love Bites," for those that recall, is one great monster ballad by the one and only Def Leppard. It's been covered magnificently by Slow Skate and is available on a 7" single titled "St. Valentine." Limited to 300 marble-colored records, the packaging is oh so eco-friendly (recycled chipboard, vegetable based inks) and oh so good. Sadly it's only two songs (the aforementioned Def Leppard gem with the smooth "St. Valentine"). Three Imaginary Girls, February 2009
"But it's Slow Skate's combination of tongue-in-cheek London lounge and just enough cowboy swagger that should give you pause. Relying on a combination of organic, dinky pianos and drums, as well as sleek-but-not-sterile electronica, the band's sparse compositions are set atop lazy, brushed drums and swooning surf guitar. A definite must see, especially before their full length album comes out and they are inevitably discovered by the masses." RAECHEL SIMS, Seattle Weekly November 2008
"Slow Skate singer Caitlin Sherman...has the control and uneasy grace of Portishead's Beth Gibbons, but she makes that unease sound effortless with her exacting shrill...Slow Skate's shadowed minor compositions are filtered with electronics, upright bass, and the resonant shuffle of brush-glitched drums...a gathered and bold offering, a slow fade for your lulling." TRENT MOORMAN, The Stranger April 2008
-- "Band of the Week" The Stranger, December 2008