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Great Northern

Sleepy Eepee

(Eenie Meenie; US: 6 Nov 2007; UK: Available as import)

Review [19.Mar.2008]

Great Northern’s iTunes-only EP Sleepy Eepee is effective in building curiosity about their debut effort—passed over from earlier in the year. Already assured enough to incorporate easily recognizable children’s lullabies and lazy summer references into their songs, the LA group lays down a meek but surefooted claim to greater visibility. Now and then, as on “This Is a Problem”, they slip into more conventional songwriting tropes only to strain and break out—a creaky piano interlude here, an electronic-treated violin there—into something more interesting. The aching, shimmery vocals sometimes remind of Au Revoir Simone, but Solon Bixler gives an added depth—the male/female voices blend seamlessly. There’s a sleepy power to the guitars, but it’s more widescreen than muscular: whether you’re lying beneath a tree in the park as the sun sinks below the trees, or staring out at falling snow, you could do worse than throw on this stately, considered music.

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Dan Raper has been writing about music for PopMatters since 2005. Prior to that he did the same thing for his college newspaper and for his school newspaper before that. Of course he also writes fiction, though his only published work is entitled "Gamma-secretase exists on the plasma membrane as an intact complex that accepts substrates and effects intramembrane cleavage". He is currently studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia.


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