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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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oscar-the -bird

this album has everything packed into one anger, love, hate, fear, with tanacious intensity..full of emotion it!

Aaaahhh no! What happened??

Horrible! I started listening to The Big Sleep (TBS) when I came across their "Sleep Forever" album and was mesmerized. What is this new album? I know artists should press the boundaries of creativity, but in my opinion, TBS went a little too hipster with this one. They tried so hard to do something new that they sacrificed all of their original identity that I fell in love with in the beginning. Maybe if you're an extreme avant-garde type of listener you could enjoy it, but it's a very niche album. I wish they kept at least some form of themselves. They took a major risk and I feel it failed to deliver. The "Sleep Forever" album is amazing and full of rock'n'roll energy; you should check that one out instead!


Formed: 2005 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

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...
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