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Intro: Dublin/ Berlin duo Firm City assemble a brittle solace-seeking debut song – ‘Slew’

Intro: Dublin/ Berlin duo Firm City assemble a brittle solace-seeking debut song – ‘Slew’

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Marking their card with the immediate vibe of ‘Slew’, the duo’s music shows elements of new wave, electro, dark R&B textures, and pleasing layered melodramatic vocals.

Firm City say the song was written in the wake of experiencing a traumatic burglary and is “a cathartic effort to bring feelings of dissociation and isolation to the fore.”

The title ‘Slew’ comes from the Irish word “slúag” – meaning “host, army, crowd or assembly.”


Slew spawned from a simple journal entry that was jotted down in the weeks following a burglary, as an attempt to process such an invasive experience. It is a call-out for protection from the slúag in the aftermath of an unnerving event that occurred as the protagonist slept.

“Woke to a vague sense of silence. Everything was out of place. Something didn’t feel right. Then I saw the curtains blowing in the open window.”

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The video, following on the theme, is “about intimacy in isolation and the mundanity of a metropolis” and is directed by filmmaker Danyal Fox, with the band members roaming the streets late at night, seeking solace.

Slew will be released on August 18th 2021.

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