Saturday, 6 August 2011

New music: Sleep ? Over ? Romantic Streams

A silly name? Idiosyncratic imagery? Heads in the clouds? Yes, but there's an emotional pull to this Austin, Texas band

Sleep ? Over have everything a new band needs. First, the Austin, Texas group have a name that contains an element impossible to pronounce and is, frankly, unnecessary. Second, their website is impenetrable, clunky and seemingly designed by a first year IT student in the early-90s. Added to that, the Sleep ? Over Tumblr includes a random selection of disparate images, from a Princess Diana plate to a cloud formation.

Fronted by Stefanie Franciotti, Sleep ? Over make the kind of dream pop most bands with the aforementioned criteria produce. What's different? There's a genuine emotional pull to their music, especially on Romantic Streams. Over fluttering synths and drum claps, the song slowly ripples out. Midway, it feels like it's about to disintegrate, before the beat rises to the surface and that wordless chorus takes off again.

? Romantic Streams is taken from the debut album, Forever, due 27 September. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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