Ears Wide Open: Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows (Photo by Riley Donahue)
Slow Hollows (Photo by Riley Donahue)

L.A. five-piece Slow Hollows is the work of singer-songwriter Austin Feinstein, 18, a collaborator on Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” and Tyler, The Creator’s “Cherry Bomb.” Feinstein wrote the songs for the Slow Hollows’ sophomore album “Romantic” as a senior in high school. Far from simple meditations on the heart, the band’s moody, orchestrated pop wrestles with the issue of how society romanticizes (and over-simplifies) the notions of both love and art — and in the latter case, embraces the caricature of the “tortured artist” as some kind of norm. “The love we feel / is fueled by nothing,” he sings on “Softer,” not exactly fodder for a Valentine’s Day card. The quartet, originally known as Hollows, has shifted its sound since its first album “I’m Just As Bad As You Are,” and the current lineup includes singer-guitarist Feinstein along with guitarist Dylan Thinnes, bassist Aaron Jassenoff, keyboardist Reed Kanter and drummer Jackson Katz. “Romantic” is out Nov. 4 via Danger Collective Records.

||| Stream: “Last Dance” and “Softer”

||| Live: Slow Hollows celebrate their album release Nov. 4 with a show at the Teragram Ballroom. Tickets. They also open for Beach Fossils on Oct. 13 at the Observatory, play Beach Goth on Oct. 22-23 and open for Cherry Glazerr on Dec. 29 at the Glass House.