Slow Shudder, real name Amanda Mayo, is a multi-faceted producer, DJ, vocalist & songwriter. Born in Miami, FL, and drawing inspiration from her time in New York City, London, Los Angeles, she currently resides in Seattle, WA. Her versatile sound encompasses her many musical influences across indie electronic, dance, experimental, and alternative music, culminating in a way that’s best described as forward-thinking, boundary-pushing pop that sits two steps ahead of the current.
She released her self-produced debut single, Call You Back, in 2016 while pursuing her Masters degree in Popular Music from Goldsmiths, University of London (alumni include James Blake, Rosie Lowe, A.G. Cook, AObeats, SAKIMA, and FEMME), and has been making a name for herself over the past few years with a series of diverse collaborations, including releases on Moving Castle and Ultra Records.
Support highlights include a myriad of Spotify editorial playlists (inc. ‘New Pop Revolution’ and ‘Fresh Finds’), a series of high profile independent playlists, and features from such heavyweight tastemaking blogs as Indie Shuffle, EARMILK, NESThq, Crack In The Road, Birp.fm, and Acid Stag.
Just As You Are is the third and final taster single before her Off The Rails EP releases on the 20th of September. She fully embraces her musical evolution towards the left-of-centre, almost wonky sounds of alt-pop on the titular single of the EP, and with more recently, the lovesick and anthemic Replay, Slow Shudder is clearly using this project to exercise her progressive and off-the-wall approach to production, her stellar songwriting and most importantly her emotional intelligence.
Working closely with the breakthrough future pop artist and close personal friend SAKIMA, Just As You Are closes out the EP with a slight deviation from the warped, blood-pumping anthemia of much of the EP; navigating towards an expressive ballad that ties the themes love and modern emotion to a beautiful conclusion.
Speaking to the motivation behind Replay, Slow Shudder shares:
I wrote “Just As You Are” when I was falling in love with someone who struggles with confidence. However, the more I developed it, the more I realized that it was for anyone who has difficulties with self-doubt, including myself. We live in a world where the comparison trap can often feel unavoidable. It’s hard to escape the effects of constantly seeing everyone else’s perfectly crafted performative selves through a screen. I often have to remind myself and others that what’s on that screen is almost always carefully curated and edited, and that it’s hard to avoid feeling inadequate when holding yourself up to an unrealistic standard.
“Just As You Are” celebrates the idea that you can be loved for the person you are right now. You can own your mistakes, let go of the guilt, and become a better person because of what each one has taught you. You can strive to improve yourself while still embracing your perceived “imperfections” as part of you. You’re already enough. It was an honor to co-produce this with my friend SAKIMA. He’s taught me so much about writing and production over the course of our friendship and has inspired me as an artist and person in countless ways. His ideas really brought new life to what I’d started and I’m so grateful for his amazing work.