The Sleep-ins – Songs About Girls & Outer Space

The Sleep-ins – Songs About Girls & Outer Space

Life always seems to have the strangest of plans for us, even when we least expect them. For The Sleep-ins, their initial introduction was nothing more than a few chance coincidences that turned into a steadfast partnership. Songs About Girls & Outer Space is the fruition of working together and how their simultaneous wavelength seems to always be at the same speed. Being in and out of frequency can certainly feel frustrating but the music on here is anything but that. On the contrary, the Sleep-ins deliver songs that are filled with homage to the Seattle grunge scene but with such brandished chemistry, it all sounds seamlessly easy.

The trashing and smashing chords at the end of “Bug on My Face” are surely enough to prove that, if nothing else, the Sleep-ins have certainly gone against some staunch odds and with Songs About Girls & Outer Space, they’ve struck on some kind of swirling chemistry. The intensive drive and rage that fills the inside of “Chrome Skull Cap & Matching Codpiece” sounds like something Pavement-inspired, with its menacing guitar line and swirling aesthetics. There is a constant wave of serious consciousness, where each member focuses on each other’s range and compliments it. It’s surely a testament to their continuous rehearsing but mostly, from the outset, The Sleep-ins had a good notion of where it could all lead.

At first, especially with bluesy stomp “Silver State,” you would immediately be mistaken in presuming the music was nothing more than a copy of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Through the album’s different themes and styles, the ultimate goal seems to be a fluid, almost ever-shifting scope of sounds. The production allows for the instruments to shine when needed and for the vocals to rise above. The band’s self-production is most noticeable with the way chords always seem to be the most obvious linear motion. Like on “Tonya, Extraplanetary Spaceship Girl,” and its crunching guitars, the stabbing melody is always the most prominent. And throughout, the instinctive control is always the most all-encompassing because everyone is allowed to contribute.

The Sleep-ins can rely on a sturdy foundation, maybe their next album with dig deeper into space and well, girls too. Those never seem to make much sense. The most intimate moment happens when the band unplugs (well, almost) and carries into a choral chant on “Desertsong.” The fitting song to sing around any campfire, the minor guitar line and the vocals always sound deceptive, as if there is something bigger about to hit. Mostly, Songs About Girls & Outer Space is a lot like the calming song. There is promise and resolution here but for the most part, it comes in restrained sections.

“Silver State” by The Sleep-ins

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