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(Labwork; US: 6 Mar 2007; UK: 7 Mar 2007)

Wintersleep is currently making a bit of noise in Canada, garnering comparisons to acts like Radiohead and Low, and touring with the likes of Broken Social Scene, Pearl Jam, and the Tragically Hip. While Wintersleep don’t live up to those Radiohead comparisons on this effort, they do show a knack for finding a pocket and settling in. Evoking the grandeur of Jeff Buckley in spots and the precision of Rush in others, Wintersleep’s epic-leaning indie approach is most effective when the band stretches out, as on the brooding, building “Nerves Normal, Breath Normal”. Surprisingly, Wintersleep also have a very effective low-key side, as evidenced by Paul Murphy’s Lou Barlow-like vocals on quiet tracks like “Listen (Listen, Listen)” and “People Talk”. Although the album’s not earth-shattering, it’s definitely a grower—one that points to Wintersleep as a capable band right now, but also as one that might be able to do some very interesting things in the future.


Andrew Gilstrap is a freelance writer living in South Carolina, where he's able to endure the few weeks each year that it's actually freezing (swearing a vow that if he ever moves, it'll be even farther south). Aging into a fine curmudgeon whose idea of heaven is 40 tree-covered acres away from the world, he increasingly wishes he were part of a pair of twins, just so he could try being the kinda evil one on for size. Musically, he's always scouring records for that one moment that makes him feel like he's never heard music before, but he long ago realized he needs to keep his copies of John Prine, Crowded House, the Replacements, Kate Bush, and Tom Waits within easy reach.

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