Sleeping Weather – Dark Corners & Oxygen Mysteries

Sleeping Weather
Dark Corners & Oxygen Mysteries

Let’s coin a new genre description for Sleeping Weather (because all critics love to pretend they’re creative and coin new genre descriptions, and wouldn’t we all love to track down the guy who came up with “emo”?). I shall hereby give Sleeping Weather its due and describe this music as sleep-core. It’s slower than slow-core, but more organic than ambient, and nowhere near layered enough to be spacey. But it’s slow, it’s ambient, and it’s textured, and somewhere in the middle of all that lies Dark Corners & Oxygen Mysteries.

The solo effort of Eli Queen, who played in The Autumn rhythm, Sleeping Weather offers you seven tracks of the most quiet organic music you’re likely to want to play loud. In fact, if you don’t play it loud, you might just miss it. I highly suggest turning up the volume a few notches, because the soft interplay of guitar tones and subtle layering will be lost in background noise otherwise.

Queen may call his project Sleeping Weather, but the songs here are perfect sleeping music. The subtle interplay of guitar tones, light reverb, and gentle flow will wash over you and drift between your earlobes, gently brushing your mind with tendrils of inspiration, to the point that you’ll be taken on a trip of colors and light – all if you pay attention. If you don’t, and if you let this album play too quietly in the background, it will be over before you know it, all the tracks blending into one piece, and when all you hear is silence, it may take a few minutes before that silence registers.

It’s worthless discussing the tracks on Dark Corners & Oxygen Mysteries, because they vary slightly, instead creating a flowing work that is meant to be taken as a whole. There’s quieter moments (if you can imagine), and more vibrant moments, but these are all subtle shades of gray, varying just enough to keep the album moving. In moments of quiet repetition, you may want to nod off (and this is not recommended work or driving music), but other times, you’ll listen harder for each rich guitar tone, hanging on every echoing note.

I couldn’t possibly imagine Queen playing this material live, although he lists shows on his website. Perhaps with a light show and the right setting that allows the audience to sit down and meditate on the sound, it would be an amazing experience. I’ve already enjoyed the album immensely late at night or as I occupied myself in an exercise of creative writing. In a way, this is destined for background music, but at the same time, it strikes me vividly in a way most electronic ambient or drone music never could. It’s a creative exercise in subtlety and quiet, and it most definitely succeeds.