On the opening track the ride cymbal is crisp and cutting yet sweet. And this simple articulation speaks volumes for the greater sound behind the self-titled album by Sleepy Seeds. The music stretches like a long-winded narrative, capturing the soul with clean guitar and sweeping vocals. Calming and rich, Martin’s voice glides lazily and perfectly. There is strong development with each refrain’s return, like a night sky continuing to grow with stars.
I sense Sleepy Seeds might be somewhat of a nod toward their cause and effect; that is to say this collection is sedating and peaceful, but not necessarily the type that puts you to sleep. That requires boring or drab material, which I can’t find anywhere here. This project is more like a great chill piece, relaxing and inspired, and yes, full of solid tapestries that will make you want to close your eyes and drift. But don’t go too far or you’ll miss the magic.
The fourth track, “Small Disaster” finds the group trying out a quicker tempo and really laying into a classic backbeat. The guitars are much more present and full of reverb even during expressive noodling on the verses. It’s all a well-put together song that walks the line of R.E.M. and Chris Issak, even more apparent on the following track, “Herman.” On “Outside In” the guitar starts to really speak with fun melodic runs and a wide focus of sound on the chorus. Horns and building drums make the peak at around 2:15 irresistible. You’ll be nodding your head and already looking forward to becoming familiar with this one. Singing along is the best part, right? This track might just have that aspect in the bag.
“Different” is delicate and deep with a catchy progression and anticipatory musicality. I like the guitar’s complimenting resolve with each verse break, something that not all artists would consider when you have so many people that lean on the voice for such musings. That structured way of thinking might work in formula 1 pop, but Sleepy Seeds would rather feature the guitar when they see a window, and why not? It always sounds good, appropriate, and original. Here’s to you Sleepy Seeds. May you continue to spread your seeds throughout the land.
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