By ERIC R. DANTON
Singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero covers a lot of ground, geographically and musically. Born in Ethiopia, Meklit (who goes by her first name) now lives in San Francisco, where she makes music that lands somewhere in the intersection of jazz, sultry pop, the traditional music of her homeland and Police covers. All of them are in evidence on “We Are Alive,” her second full-length album. Speakeasy today premieres “Slow,” one of 11 original tunes on the album.
It’s a captivating song that frames Meklit’s silky voice with rich, low horns and an easy-rolling bassline that ties the whole thing together. The song, like the album, reflects the singer’s belief that life is worth embracing, bumps and all.
“Nothing important takes the time you think it will,” Meklit told Speakeasy. “We all know this, yet we’re somehow always surprised. But why not just enjoy it, turn the process into a game and laugh at our very human tendency to rush through the very things we should be savoring. Slow, slow, slow.”
Along with the original tunes, “We Are Alive” features a version of the traditional Ethiopian song “Kemekem” and Meklit’s take on “Bring on the Night” by the Police. Eli Crews(Tune-Yards, Deerhoof) produced the album, which is due March 18 on Six Degrees Records (and is available here for pre-order). What do you think of “Slow?” Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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