12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Thanks in part to bassist Sonya Balchandani's howling rasp of a voice, Brooklyn's The Big Sleep has racked up Sonic Youth comparisons. One listen to "Ace"—the first single from The Big Sleep’s third album, Nature Experiments—and it's evident that the band has mastered the tonal fields of ’80s-‘90s alt-rock and given it a fresh spin. From analog synths ("Valentine") to looped guitar figures ("Ghosts in Bodies"), The Big Sleep plays majestic and spooky pop music. Despite the occasional rough terrain, there are hooks galore. Shoegaze elements float into a mesmerizing wall of sound during "Wood on the Water." "Red Carpet" throws more compelling keyboards atop a metronomic gait. "Ladders" kicks up a momentum worthy of Blonde Redhead. The Big Sleep is more versatile than many bands, able to capture My Bloody Valentine’s allure and punk rock’s aggression while adding its own carefully sculpted effects. A true highlight for 2012.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Thanks in part to bassist Sonya Balchandani's howling rasp of a voice, Brooklyn's The Big Sleep has racked up Sonic Youth comparisons. One listen to "Ace"—the first single from The Big Sleep’s third album, Nature Experiments—and it's evident that the band has mastered the tonal fields of ’80s-‘90s alt-rock and given it a fresh spin. From analog synths ("Valentine") to looped guitar figures ("Ghosts in Bodies"), The Big Sleep plays majestic and spooky pop music. Despite the occasional rough terrain, there are hooks galore. Shoegaze elements float into a mesmerizing wall of sound during "Wood on the Water." "Red Carpet" throws more compelling keyboards atop a metronomic gait. "Ladders" kicks up a momentum worthy of Blonde Redhead. The Big Sleep is more versatile than many bands, able to capture My Bloody Valentine’s allure and punk rock’s aggression while adding its own carefully sculpted effects. A true highlight for 2012.

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About The Big Sleep

The post-rock/experimental outfit the Big Sleep feature Danny Barria (guitar), Sonya Balchandani (bass/vocals), and Gabe Rhodes (drums). The Brooklyn-based trio creates a brooding batch of psychedelic rock with an indie rock aesthetic. Prior to forming the Big Sleep in 2005, Balchandani made her debut with the stylish noise pop band Hong Kong, while Barria played with Haywood and the Detroit dream pop act Mahogany. They also self-released the You Today, Me Tomorrow EP before landing a recording contract with French Kiss in early 2006. Son of the Tiger marked their LP debut in September of that year while 2008's Sleep Forever earned comparisons to Sonic Youth's early work. They returned in 2012 with a smaller line-up, just Barria and Balchandani, and the album Nature Experiments which featured the single "Ace." ~ MacKenzie Wilson

ORIGIN
Brooklyn, NY
FORMED
2005

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