Not to be confused with the hard-boiled crime novel by Raymon Chandler,New Yorkers The Big Sleep return with their new album Nature Experiments. Previous album from the New York trio, Sleep Forever, set high expectations for future releases, and also sparked highly successful live shows and tours, and left fans wanting more of the same. However, Danny Barria, guitarist and vocalist of the band suggested that he wanted time out to write ‘good songs’, which we can now find on Nature Experiments. Carefully produced with beautiful vocals, the album is a rare find and has set the stage for bigger things for this alt rock band.
Songs such as Meet Your Maker are hard hitting and hugely energetic, a familiar reminder of bands including The Subways and Blood Red Shoes. Whereas songs such as Wood On The Water are much more low key songs, highlighting the intricate lyrical skills of the band, and show the provocative change of male/female vocals very well. The album ends on a spectacular high with the beautiful organ-driven 1001, a favourite from the album sung by Sonya Balchandani.
According to the band, they have hinted at a heavier sounding record since 2000, so we can safely say that they have taken their time at making the perfect follow-up to previous work.
The Big Sleep are soon to be playing The Great Escape Festival in May, followed by a short UK tour of intimate venues, so catch them while you can.
Nature Experiments is released May 7th through French Kiss Records.
Words > Rhian Brighton