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.