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2010 release from the California band from the San Francisco Peninsula where Kesey raged and the Dead were once Warlocks, and where they birthed the Sleepy sound: dead Blues shaken alive, razor sharp and ramblin', Soul, sonic science and dead-on Pop surgery. Fever is the honey harmonies and danger wailing pulled from a tender tangle into steel-strong braid; the wing-on-wing guitars in screaming dives and sweet ascending circles; the lowdown served up tough and thundering from drum and bass authorities.
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psychedelic rock that moves with power & grace from gorgeous neo-folk/blues to soaring guitar/
keyboard rock trips--all topped with some captivating vocal harmonies. Sleepy Sun paint a
weirdly dynamic psychedelic landscape in a desolate sea of guitars that's dark & beautiful with
the occasional noise overload and flourishes of lurid energy, all delivered with emotional grit &
an intimate attention to detail that invites repeated listening. References are Black Mountain,
Loop, Jefferson Airplane, Drones, Comets On Fire, Citay, Dead Meadow.
Sandstorm Woman, the 9th and final track on this album is a blistering, soaring, trip inducing epic of rock. I can't recommend it highly enough; it is the highlight of the album. I also love Wild Machines: Very heavy & powerful. But other songs like Rigamaroo, Ooh Boy, & Acid Love, while not fillers, seem to be breathers. Songs that you play to let the audience cool down before blasting off with Desert God or something from Embrace.
If you're a fan of bands like Cream, Iron Butterfly (which I actually don't care for), the Jimi Hendrix Experience, or even Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana I'm sure you'll be putting Sleepy Sun into heavy rotation.
"Fever" (9 tracks; 42 min.) starts off with a scotching solo electric guitar intro from opening track "Marina", and then eventually crashes into a blazing rocker. "Rigamaroo" is a beautiful acoustic song, featuring lead-singers Bret Constantino and Rachel Williams trading lines. "Wild Machines" cranks the volume back up. "Ooh Boy" is, as the title implies, another softer acoustic song. Do you detect a pattern? And so the album goes on, and it all leads up to the 10 min. epic closing track "Sandstorm Woman", which is a slowburner but eventually just explodes. Wow.
In all, this is a great album. I had the good fortune of catching these guys in concert recently here at the Mid Point Music Festival in Cincinnati, and they put on an absolutely amazing live set, which was the bggest surprise of the festival for me. Bret Constantino is a very engaging front man for the band. No Rachel Williams, though, perhaps she is no longer with the band. No matter, if you can see these guys live, do not miss them!
Dynamic, the heights reaching epic peaks and the valleys dragging you into deep depths, this album can reach right in and carry you for a ride. Technically interesting, yet emotionally riveting. I enjoy it even more with every listen.
Easily 2010's best.