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True Swamp Neglect

"Sleep Function Lost" CD

Superglider Records

Genres: indie rock, indie pop

First Floor
123 Old Christchurch Road Bournemouth

Jun 16 - 22 2003

Like Pavement?  Like Britain?  Why not have the best of both two?

That's right!  With True Swamp Neglect's Sleep Function Lost, you get what Pavement would have sounded like had Steven Malkmus grown up munchin' scones and tea with Queen Elizabeth II.  Hey look, "Dear Fingerprint" sounds like it belongs on Wowee Zowee!  And, wait, "Foam Strut" and "Victory Cigarettes" -- why, they sound like second versions of Terror Twilight's moody pop tunes!  And what about Slanted and Enchanted?  Well, the eight-minute "The Heavy Music" kind of sounds like three or four SaE songs wadded together, perhaps with some hip-hop (The Streets?) thrown in for good measure.

That's not to say there aren't exceptions.  "Umbrella Weather," for example, just sounds like Sigur Ros' "Svefn-G-Englar" with vocals laid on top.  As well, "Year of the Chimp" sounds like the calmer Sebadoh material.  The title-track, meanwhile, takes the Sigur Ros thing farther, completely omitting vocals and just leaving the guitars and electronics to do the talking.

Overall, this is an above average indie rock album with some very catchy tunes on it.  Go out and buy Sleep Function Lost; after months of happy listening, you'll be thanking the folks at Superglider for releasing yet another gem of a record.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 songs, distributed by the label, released 2003]