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info opinion

Light Sleeper

Self-Titled CD

Shmat Records

Genres: indie pop, cozycore

Shmat Records
PO Box 1191
Alhambra CA 91802

Jul 7 - 13 2003

Light Sleeper is Yo La Tengo without the edge.  They make quiet, borderline slowcore songs that rely heavily on hushed boy/girl singing and quiet guitar chords.  Repeated listening can get you humming along, as long as you don't tune the music out because it's too quiet.

For fans of quiet indie pop and cozycore, Light Sleeper's self-titled album could be just what you're looking for.  Songs like "Febrile in February" and "Indian Giver" are the ultimate in minimal pop, tunes constructed out of the bare bones of music: simple guitar chords and vocal melodies, with occasional bass to add another layer to the sound - percussion is also used when appropriate.  A few songs add a little bit of speed and zest to things ("Pop Song," "Leonid Sky"), but nothing too different.

All in all, this album is pleasant enough, but may be boring for those who aren't already fans of the genre.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 songs, distributed by the label, released 2003]