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The fourth album by California psych-trippers Sleepy Sun blows away the cobwebs collected since 2012’s Spine Hits, and it makes clear that the heavier side of the Sun will be hidden no more. From Sabbathy guitar sludge (“11:32”) to vertiginous space excursions (“Everywhere Waltz,” “Thielbar”) and stomping glam-psych (“Galaxy Punk”), the boys seem intent on a no-nodding rule, no matter the listener’s level of relaxation. But staying true to their name, they do offer up a few tracks of downtime. “Outside” (flavored with beautiful acoustic and pedal steel guitars) and the spare, floating “Slowdown” are both lovely enough to evoke a peaceful inner buzz, without losing listeners to slumberland. The openers and closers are stunners, with “The Lane” serving up swirling, Middle Eastern–inspired guitar gales and a Spyrals kind of feel. The title track brings it all to an end with whispering specters, flute, and harmonica—awash now and then in that Sabbath-like sludge. Makes perfect sense.

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Phycedelic garage rock at it's best. Sleepy Sun's Maui Tears is a classic album. To the people mentioning Rachael leave it in the past. They have grown and learned more about their own sound since she has left. Just like Syd Barret was an important Role in the making of Pink Floyd it was after he had to leave the band that they made Dark Side of the Moon.

Still good but still Rachel-less!

With Co-vocalist Rachel Fannan gone the band just isn't what it once was. Still sludgy psychedelic rock at it's best but it's missing the beauty that Fannan brought to the fold.

Back to the Goods

I have to say after listening to this new album a couple of times through, I am very pleased. Maui Tears sounds a lot more like Sleepy Sun's first two LPs, but with a mixture of the Spine Hits sound. It's unfortunate that people can't stop bringing up a former band member two albums later, because I think this is a really good album. It's a rare thing these days to listen to an album from start to finish and say "that was a complete album", but Sleepy Sun have done it for me on this one! 4 1/2 Stars


Formed: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Trippy rockers Sleepy Sun began in 2005, when UC Santa Cruz students Bret Constantino (vocals), Matt Holliman and Evan Reiss (guitar), Hubert Guy (bass), and Brian Tice (drums) formed the bluesy garage rock act Mania. However, the band's music gradually became more expansive and eclectic, and by 2007 they were known as Sleepy Sun. Rachel Fannan of another Santa Cruz act, Birds Fled from Me, saw the band's first gig as Sleepy Sun and wanted to join the group; after sitting in with the band at a gig,...
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