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Album Review

Upstate New York indie rockers the Daysleepers aren't kidding with that album title: not since the shoegazer heyday has a band been so intent on immersing the listener in veritable oceans of reverb, echo, and effects pedals. Apparently raised on a steady diet of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive albums, the Daysleepers have that turn of the '90s sound down cold, but like many of the bands who found themselves on the shoegazer bandwagon, their debut full-length reveals a fatal flaw. Once the listener mentally strips away all the things that makes these ten songs sound really, really cool, the songs themselves are revealed to be pretty weak, neither melodically nor lyrically memorable beyond the pretty but shallow surfaces. On the other hand, shoegaze bands tended to be about little more than the surfaces (there's a reason why the vocals were usually set way back in the mix, or why Liz Fraser usually sang in a made-up language, so that the vocals would be treated as just another instrument), so that's not necessarily a flaw for die-hard fans of the style. And that demographic will be so enamored by the sound of songs like the rushing "Megatron Supernova" and the aptly titled "Lovesparkles" that thoughts of depth or stylistic redundancy will be moot. Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream, as someone once said.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely blown away!

If you're a fan of shoegaze or the guitar style of New Order/ The Cure, you will be blown away by this album!! Ethereal lyrics and orchestrated instrumentals.

Exactly What I Have Been Waiting For!

Drowned... is a beautifully crafted lush masterpiece. Although it continues what we heard with the first two EP's it takes you somewhere new. They are without a doubt the best Dreampop band on the scene right now. With the rebirth of the Dreampop scene that is saying a lot. 5 BIG STARS! -Wyatt

Lost at Sea...

Right in the sweet spot, nestled between the Cocteau Twins and a fanagled mess of other New Wave bands with a dash of Slowdive for good measure, the sounds are LUSH. Where the AMG reviewer got MBV outta this one is beyond me - know your late 80s and early 90s better punk! While its free reign on what new band can sound like some cherished band of the past these days, I appreciate the homage to bands that I grew up with as well as bringing something new to the table. The Daysleepers really have captured the essence of dreamy riffage, combined with a fantastic rhythm section, the percussion and bass really are the stars of this affair, particularly on "Tiger In the Sea" and "Distant Creatures." While I hate the term "shoegaze" with a passion (did they ever acuse Johnny Greenwood of a shoegazer??) this band could have very well been in that era and on a comeback tour of sorts here. While some tracks like "Space Whale Migration" are almost direct sequels of Slowdive's "Souvlaki Space Station," and others like "Lovesparkles" sound like a very familiar Sugarcubes cut we all know and love, I still appreciate the sentiment of it all. Writing them off as copycats could be waranted, however take a listen to the last two minutes of "The Secret Place." Infectious and beautiful. The band is fine tuned and the production values lends itself well, with just the right amount of reverb and chorus/flange on the vocal and guitars that really allow the music to flourish with out sounding muddled and washed out. Its worth the effort to take the plunge with cement shoes - one of the best records I have heard all year. Standout tracks: "Release the Kraken" "Distant Creaturess" "The Secret Place" "Run"

Drowned In a Sea of Sound, The Daysleepers
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