Idle Voices


Independent release, 2021

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


A Milwaukee outfit who have been together for five years now, Sleepersound is the combination of four musicians and a cinematographer, whose music is particularly artistic and puts a fun spin on dream-pop. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Though there are just six songs on Idle Voices (half of them don't contain vocals, either), the band cover a lot of ground, and with three members playing keyboards and two singing, each track retains an identity all its own, as they vary from short instrumentals to lengthy, lush and articulate swells of exploration.

“Silence Otherwise” starts the quick album off with a very surreal feeling as Dan Niedziejko's precise drumming and atmospheric keyboards emit a soothing quality that points towards emo giants like Mineral or even Empire Empire I Was A Lonely Estate.

“Innamorata” continues the thoughtful song craft with angular guitar work that flows alongside pretty singing from both Dave D'Antonio and Kenny Buesing, and “Idle Voices” follows with cautious synth and strong attention to mood in the vocal-less 2 minutes of very distinct musicianship.

“When The Lightning Comes”, the best tune present, then move swiftly as the band get more firm and even approach post-rock ideas in a cinematic sort of way. Mike Campise's incredible bass playing on this track is truly fascinating, too.

The final two tracks don't disappoint either, where “Blossom” spends seven minutes mesmerizing us with its heavy amount of melody, and “The Nightingale” finishes off the listen with a meditative quality that manipulates space and tension with so much skill.

Rating: A-

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