Team Sleep is an artful, experimental, ambient band that is led by frontman Chino Moreno, singer of Deftones, the highly influential, two-time Grammy winning group that has sold over 4 million albums worldwide. With contributions from musician friends and production by Terry Date (Deftones) and Ross Robinson (Cure, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit), Team Sleep's ethereal debut album builds a new fan base for a fresh new band.
While the Deftones
were racking up millions of album sales around the world and collecting Grammy Awards on the back of their apocalyptic metal sound, front man Chino Moreno was endlessly tinkering away on this side project that seems to owe more to the ethereal-electronic moods of Radiohead
. Team Sleep may not add any extra decimals to his bank account but it reveals that the singer is not just another testosterone-fueled crybaby. Working with guest singers Mary Timony
) and Rob Crow (Pinback
), plus DJ Crook and Hella
drummer Zach Hill, Moreno has made a beautifully crafted album that doesn't employ a single note of distortion or angst without complete intellectual engagement. Really, it's hard to imagine the dude from Papa Roach
coming up with a sideways tribute to ivy-league schools ("Princeton Review") or a song inspired by an Edgar Allen Poe poem ("Tomb of Liegia,") --Aidin Vaziri