Sleepy Sun formed in California, and were primarily known as Mania. At first, they fell into the garage rock category of genre, before progressing towards a heavier sound. These days, they encompass a sound more fitting to psychedelic rock. Having toured with bands such as The Black Angels and Arctic Monkeys, Sleepy Sun have racked up plenty of experience, never wanting to stay impasse for too long. ‘Maui Tears’ was released on the 28th of January this year, and is the bands 4th album.
Maui Tears opens with the cinematic ‘The Lane’, which is perhaps the epitome of psychedelic rock; distortion, echoing vocals and imagination at the hands of the guitar. ‘Words’ opens acoustically, before erupting into fuzzy instrumentals. The vocals are emotive, being both angry and melancholy in parallel. ‘Everywhere Waltz’ is a dreamy number that encapsulates any attention the listener may have. It is an evolving spiral of psychedelia, delving into the depths of sorrow and the heights of power. The track ends in a rather eerie a cappella. The forefront of the album builds up to ’11:32’, a monumentally euphoric track; the way rock n roll was intended to be. Brief solos puncture the track, running alongside the fundamental echoing vocals that the band produces so well. ‘Theilbar’ allows time for reflection, having a Pearl Jam type feel to it. ‘Galaxy Punk’ is the catchiest track. It is structured, rejecting the wild and manic sound which encompasses the rest of the album.
Sleepy Sun are quite simply, an excellent band, and have managed to create yet another brilliant album. Maui Tears is a no holds barred and truly original record. The combination of both structure and erratic wildness works very well. The listener is left guessing at every turn, not being allowed to fall into the trap of mindless repetition. I, for one, would very much to see them play live. Maui Tears is thee album for when, after a weekend of drinking and insomnia, you feel comfortably and perfectly spaced out. 8/10
Enjoy ‘The Lane’