The Daysleepers
Drowned in a Sea of Sound


3.5
great

Review

by tom USER (12 Reviews)
June 8th, 2014 | 36 replies | 1,120 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: dream pop with balls

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

During the hours spent with this LP I’m reminded vividly of Wild Nothing’s 2012 opus, Nocturne. Not in sound beyond a superficial level - a guitar tone here, a vocal effect there - so much as spirit; the near-identical feelings both works arouse within. The latter saw Jack Tatum navigate his own little world of intimate affairs concerning, among other things, love, longing, isolation and substance abuse via sharp guitar and synth hooks, utterly oblivious to the presence of his audience. His wide-eyed lack of self-awareness gave those songs an extremely personal, occasionally intrusive feel akin to reading a stolen diary. Here the boy/girl vocal duo Jeff Kandefer and Elizabeth Gimbrone are comparatively guarded. Wary of prying ears pressed to their window, they drench their voices in reverb and shove them down in the mix, favouring sonic imagery over lyrical transparency to tell the bulk of their stories. The sentiments, however, are the same. Drowned in a Sea of Sound is Nocturne viewed through a Vaseline-smeared lens; two records sharing one heart. Sister albums, if you will. Two sides of the same shimmering coin.

At this point there aren’t many stones left unturned within the dream pop/shoegaze realm and The Daysleepers wear their influences proudly on their collective sleeve; both the obvious and the not-so-much (‘Release the Kraken’, for instance, bears more than a passing resemblance to Blue Öyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’). The key then is refinement and execution, and that’s where they excel. The rhythm section’s muscular agility gives this music the structural foundation it needs to allow the lush guitar, vocal and synth textures to roam where they will. Indeed, it’s the meaty low end that occupies the driver’s seat for most of the album’s duration. Weak links? None here. Each track is crawling with earworms, enjoyable alone and out of context. Together though, they become another beast entirely. I’m somewhat reluctant to employ the all too obvious aquatic metaphor but it’s difficult to envisage a more apt moniker for this body of work than the one it already bears. The enormous rolling groove that propels instrumental gem ‘Space Whale Migration’ in particular hints at untold mystery and darkness within its depths. This is a record equally capable of carrying you gently in its idle current (‘Summerdreamer’) as it is of dumping you against its jagged rocks (‘Tiger in the Sea’). Much like the ocean itself, Drowned in a Sea of Sound is beautiful, immersive and powerful.



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tommygun
June 8th 2014



24586 Comments


big thanks to user keyblade for turning me onto this belter

the sister album idea really stuck out to me listening to this after seeing it discussed by robin
(marquee moon/public strain) and someguest (remain in light/discipline)

some tunes:
‘release the kraken’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmTpgFhiBBM
‘megaton supernova’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN68TdAPrvA
‘space whale migration’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTm1hH7VTeA

Digging: Broods - Evergreen

avonbarksdale221
June 8th 2014



8224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lovely rev, if A LITTLE too short. You should really write more dude.

sixdegrees
June 8th 2014



16951 Comments


Nice

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tommygun
June 8th 2014



24586 Comments


thanks dudes yea avon i wanted to try something a little more concise cos i've had a tendency to ramble in my other shit so yea um idk i hope we can still be buds

avonbarksdale221
June 8th 2014



8224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah man that's fair enough, and it's often better to be succinct, I was just enjoying reading it I guess

Rev inspired me to rejam, basslines groove for days

Also Robins Public Strain review is possibly maybe the best thing ever

tommygun
June 8th 2014



24586 Comments


agreed re: bass and agreed re: robin's public strain

Rowan5215
June 8th 2014



25580 Comments


Damn tom you have this conversational-but-clever tone in your reviews that I'm super fucking jealous of
And yeah pos hard

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tommygun
June 8th 2014



24586 Comments


thx pal you might dig this it's not unlike dot hacker

Rowan5215
June 8th 2014



25580 Comments


Sounds pretty sweet although vocals low in the mix sounds like a negative to me

tommygun
June 8th 2014



24586 Comments


they're not super low just kinda reverby and a little opaque KINDA LIKE KLINGHOFFER

check the two links in the first comment that aren't relating to whales and if you dig em acquire this, if not don't bother

Rowan5215
June 8th 2014



25580 Comments


No way they're as good as Klinghoffer's but jamming now

Rowan5215
June 8th 2014



25580 Comments


Yeah they're pleasant enough I suppose, I'm finding I get a little tired of each by the end of their runtime which isn't so good for 3-minute songs but they're enjoyable

dannyboy89
June 8th 2014



11955 Comments


Sweet review, pos'd hard.

Keyblade
June 8th 2014



14718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A fittingly awesome review for this album. Nice one dude

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tommygun
June 8th 2014



24586 Comments


thanx danny and key

@ robro - ah well you tried that's all i can ask :] have a swell evening i'm off to the pub

Rowan5215
June 8th 2014



25580 Comments


All good dude have a nice one

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2014



14082 Comments


[aggressively coerced pos] didn't read tho

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tommygun
June 8th 2014



24586 Comments


fine by me thank you for your prompt payment :]

RoyalImperialGuard
June 8th 2014



1323 Comments


Tis a good band/album. And review.

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 8th 2014



13025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

posd hard, will listen

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