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4.07 | 268 ratings

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4 stars Sophisticated Indie Rock album about sleep paralysis, a terrifying condition where you wake up paralyzed and hallucinating for a brief period of time.

The guitars and vocals sound like indie rock at its best, and add to that excellent dreamy sounds, sophisticated arrangement, and progressive rock influences. The end result is a highly accessible modern album that should be essential listening to indie rock and underground fans, especially the youth audience. That does not mean that middle age symphonic rock fans should brush this off, it's just THAT good!

The album features average-length songs (with very catchy choruses) and short transitional and generally dreamy pieces referred to as 'brushstrokes'. These brushstrokes always sound good to my ears and help bring a better flow to the album (An Elephant in the Delta Waves is fantastic). The real songs of the album are generally excellent and differ from each other, helping make this an eclectic album. I already mentioned the wonderful guitars and vocals, but the other instruments are quite special. Keyboards are rarely used and in the background, used in the right spots. The drumming is very competent and never distract from the music. Other instruments are sometimes used, like saxophone and the mandolin. Last, but not least, the bass guitar is a very important element in the album. You can already notice the bass leading the rhythm in Same ol' Road.

It's hard saying which are the best songs. It's a quite consistent album in terms of quality. However, I could say that I find Triangle and The Canyon Behind Her highlights and that Convalescent is the weak point in the album.

Overall, a very accessible album that holds your interest after several listens. However, your most enjoyable spins are likely to be the first ones.

Zitro | 4/5 |


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