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Album Review - Dan Mangan – Sleepy Sun: Embrace
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by Barnaby Smith, first published in LondonTourdates #044 ,10th April 2009

Sleepy Sun from San Francisco have, with limited accuracy, been bracketed within the US psych movement of the past couple of years.

Look at their label, for goodness sake. But whereas likes the of The Black Angels and Wooden Shjips are so great because of their repetitiveness, Sleepy Sun offer the opposite: the heavy grooves are speckled with some, gasp, melody, and on songs like ‘New Age’ and ‘Lord’ there are some lovely chord changes and lighter touches (including rather cute, undistorted vocals on the latter) that even come close to fellow West Coasters Grand Archives.

Basically, we have a mish-mash of acoustic elements, a bit of early Floyd noise and some 70s prog mixed in with a proclivity towards chaos akin to Deerhoof. Oh, and the reverby, laid-back bluesy brilliance of ‘Sleepy Son’ is a revved up Brightblack Morning Light. Until the blistering Black Mountain riffs come in.

That’s a lot of influences, but that usually means we are dealing with a totally individual band, as we are here.

Barnaby Smith

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