Sleepy Sun – Spine Hits
Sleepy Sun hail from San Francisco, California and their sound is rooted in the psychedelic vibe of the area. While Sleepy Sun adhere to that vibe they also blend other genres into their music creating an infectious and deeply melodic sound. ‘Spine Hits’ is Sleepy Sun‘s third album and demonstrates a refinement of the ‘Sleepy’ sound.
The sudden and sharp heavy guitar riffs found on previous albums have been replaced with consistent guitar rhythms throughout the songs on ‘Spine Hits’. The album relies less on guitar feedback and disconnected musical journeys. The band’s psychedelic landscape is still very colourful but the overall images the songs create are now well defined, confident and cohesive.
Bret Constantino has assumed the role as lone lead vocalist in the band with the departure of Rachel Fannan. Bret’s voice is often the calming guide throughout the eleven diverse songs on the album.
‘Spine Hits’ is noticeably more upbeat than previous Sleepy Sun material. Most of this album rocks. Guitarists Matt Holliman and Evan Reiss have some standout work on numerous tracks, my favourites being ‘Martyr’s Mantra’ and ‘She Rex’. The band also impresses when it slows things down, exemplified with the track ‘Deep War’ which gives Bret the chance to growl and charm with his vocals.
The low end of Sleepy Sun is well represented throughout ‘Spine Hits’ as well. The seemingly simple melody of ‘Boat Trip’ is anchored by drummer Brain Tice and bassist Jack Allen to create a memorable, evocative track. I can envision myself floating down a river with the sleepy sun overhead.
‘Spine Hits’ is a solid offering full of groovy melodies, swirling guitar and catchy songs. Well worth checking out.
Released April 09 2012 on ATP Recordings
Posted by Dave Guzda
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