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SLEEPY SUN

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United States


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SLEEPY SUN were at the beginning formed as a five-piece bluesy garage rock outfit named MANIA by UC (University of California) Santa Cruz students Bret CONSTANTINO (voices), Matt HOLLIMAN (guitar), Evan REISS (guitar), Hubert GUY (bass), and Brian TICE (drums) in 2005. The young, promising quintet gradually expanded their garage rock style into eclectic psychedelia and around 2007 they naturally changed their band's name to SLEEPY SUN.

Their first gig was exactly another dawn of SLEEPY SUN - a female sunshine Rachel FANNAN (voices; BIRDS FLED FROM ME) got immersed into the gig and decided to join the quintet. The five rocky guys willingly invited her for recording with the collaboration of a producer Colin Stewart in Canada. As a result, the Californian sextet SLEEPY SUN released their debut album 'Embrace' on their own in summer 2008 ('Embrace' was reissued via ATP Recordings in May 2009).

Soon after the release, Jack ALLEN (bass) took the place of Hubert, and the sextet got more active and refined with their delightful rhythm section, striking bubbled twin guitars, and dreamy & enchanting chorus-duo. In 2009, SLEEPY SUN immigrated into San Francisco and played several prominent gigs including The Noise Pop Festival or All Tomorrow's Party, which festival's boutique label ATP Recordings signed them and released their second album 'Fever' in May 2010.

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2.56 | 5 ratings
Embrace
2008
3.06 | 4 ratings
Fever
2010
3.25 | 4 ratings
Spine Hits
2012
3.67 | 3 ratings
Maui Tears
2014

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3.00 | 1 ratings
New Age
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sleepy Son
2009
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Open Eyes EP
2010

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 Embrace by SLEEPY SUN album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.56 | 5 ratings

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Embrace
Sleepy Sun Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by seventhsojourn
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3 stars Embrace is the debut album by Californian sextet Sleepy Sun. From the outset their heavy brand of stoner rock reminds me of Canadian band Black Mountain, thanks to the mix of slightly lethargic male and female vocals. They don't rely on keyboards the way Black Mountain do but the fuzzed-out guitars, tribal drums and heavy bass are all present. Sleepy Sun's own West Coast roots are also evident especially on the more laid-back and acoustic songs like the '60s-inspired GOLDEN ARTIFACT, while the alt-country piano ballad LORD sounds like Ryan Adams (which is just fine by me). There's an obvious religious message in this song with lyrics about finding the saviour, and similar themes run through the album as on the epic WHITE DOVE.

Highlights include the atmospheric slow-blues of SLEEPY SON that includes some fine amplified harmonica, and the psychedelic, murky NEW AGE that opens the album. There's not a great deal of melodic interest in some of the lengthy distorted guitar grunge jams, but I guess that's not the point of these pieces. Tarcisio just beat me to the first review of this album, and that review summarizes Embrace very well. For me it's somewhere between 2 and 3 stars; it gets better with repeat plays so I'll be generous and give it 3 stars.

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3.06 | 4 ratings

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Fever
Sleepy Sun Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Now, thatīs what I call improvement! Sleepy Sunīs sophmore release is a great leap forward when compared with Embrace, their debut of two years earlier. The songs are much more well structured, the arrangements are more concise and inventive and the the vocal department is a LOT better now. Even Bret Constantinoīs singing, so sloppy and irritating on Embrace, is now focused and, letīs say, melodic. And, of course, Rachel Fannanīs voice is beautiful as it was earlier on, but she is featured more proeminent at last.

There are some great use of acoustic guitars and the general sound now leans towards a more country/blues/folk approach, although the psychedelic noisy electric guitars are still present on every track, even if the barrage of feedback, distorted sounds, is better used here, and is under more control than before. Drums are still very 60īs styled too, along with those vintage fuzz tone guitars. But Feverīs best features are the new compositions: they are becoming quite original and interesting. The bandīs on their way to produce a very own sound and certainly this new CD shows a promising group growing fast.

Conclusion: although this kind of music is not one of my favorites, I cannot deny that Sleepy Sun has its charm and will certainly be quite appealing to the fans of early american pyschedelic rock. Iīm looking forward to hear what theyīll do next. I hope they keep developing their music as much. My personal taste keeps me from giving Fever a 4 star rating, but for their general improvement I canīt give it just a mere 3. 3,5 stars is more fitting. Fans of the style, donīt miss this one!

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2.56 | 5 ratings

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Sleepy Sun Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars Before reading this review I should warn you that Iīm not a psychedelic/space rock specialist. I was always a fan of fine melodies, well done arrangements and general harmonic sounds. Hence my love for symphonic rock. I was raised on a steady diet of classical music thanks to my parents taste. That said I also should point out that I love rock music since my teens and I have a need to explore new grounds in music since then. Sometimes you find great stuff, sometimes you donīt, but you have to try. I chose Sleepyīs Sun first CD to listen to because I liked their name. it sounded quite progressive.

I canīt say I enjoyed the CD too much, though. The group succesfully plays a kind of late 60īs, west cost, blues/country/rock psychedelic music mixed with some modern day garage band sound (specially the white noise, dissonant, guitar parts). It is clear they look for the vintage flavor of San Franciscoīs flower Power era (fuzz guitars, sloppy vocals, nice harmonica breaks and tribal drums), with a much better production and the aforementioned new features like some distorted guitar barrages here and there). Sometimes they remind of the Big Brother & The Holding Company (without Janis Joplin, of course): a bit out of control, but energetic and promising. Brett Constantinoīs vocals are annoying, but I guess they fit just right in for this style. Rachel Fannan on the other hand has a very fine voice but she is very underused here, a real shame: the few times she sings lead are best sung parts in the whole album. I initially though this group would be a kind of modern Jefferson Airplane, but clearly they are not.

If youīre into this kind of music I think it is worth to check it out. it is only their first and certainly they have the chops to make something more developed. And I hope they come up with better songs next time. The ones here did not move me enough to warrant a 3 star rating. Embrace is definitly to fans of the style and collectors.

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 Fever by SLEEPY SUN album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Fever
Sleepy Sun Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by 00ubermensch

3 stars A fairly solid album, but I must say the psychedelic/space rock title to be a bit of a misnomer- the overall sound is more "prog-related", or possibly prog folk. Rather bluesy throughout, with creamy guitar drone and harmonica solos, and folky vocals from both male and female voices. The vocals are actually a small gripe: while they emote effectively, it would be more pleasing with slightly stronger chops. This is not the kind of album I usually listen to; it is not a mesmerizing musical journey through twists and turns of melody and rhythm, with breathtaking solos and riffs. It is simply an indie blues-rock set that makes for good easy listening for a few songs if that's what you're into. Some tracks are stronger than others (Open Eyes has a strong rock groove feel and good instrumentals, and Freedom Line has an unusually groovy base line), but overall song style rather similar. 3.5 stars.

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