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Walking Sleep

Measures

(Self-released; US: 10 May 2010; UK: 24 May 2010)

Effortlessly listenable pop-rock

Formerly the Flying Tourbillon Orchestra and now rechristened Walking Sleep, this new set features lilting pop-rock songs built around the intertwining boy-girl vocals of Hunter Carra and Sara Radle. Neither abrasive nor overly polished, the music occupies a pleasant middle ground comprised of spry melodies, jingling guitars, muscular keyboards, and occasional choral harmonies. Opening track “The Cause” sets the tone, with variations following with “As a Volunteer” and “In a Dream”, complete with glockenspiel ringing throughout the verses and what sounds suspiciously like a theramin lurking in the background. Standout track “Don’t Be Fooled” brings a more frantic pace and some sinister keyboard noodling, while “Arso” is a more sedate number built around fragile vocals and a bed of delicately plucked guitar. Lyrics are suprisingly dark throughout: “We’ve got to die slow” chirps the chorus to album closer “Standing in the Threat”. Walking Sleep have staked their claim as a charming yet accomplished band, and in so doing have released one of the year’s most effortlessly listenable albums.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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