Monday, May 11, 2009
Halves - Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy
2. May Your Enemies Never Find Happiness
4. The Lamp Dies... A Sleeping Circuit Wakes
6. In The Sorrow, In The Fire
7. Morning Breaks The Sleep Recorder
Like the review says, you should pick this up just for the packaging. It's fucking awesome. And so is this band. For fans of Efterklang, Sigur Ros, Mum, etc. Yum.
As with the previous release we've had in by Halves (their eponymous debut EP),the packaging of Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy is incredibly lavish. Across theseseven tracks the band do a splendid job of avoiding the formulaic tendencies ofthe post-rock fraternity, instead exhibiting sufficient diversity and skill toavoid being yet another quiet/loud Mogwai knock off.. You simply can't avoidcertain references, however: right down to the vocals, there are clear cut SigurRos approximations on tracks like 'In The Sorrows, In The Fire' or 'May YourEnemies Never Find Happiness'. You can make out further Scandinavian influencein the Efterklang-style microbeats and orchestration of 'Amberscene' or theM∙m-isms of 'Medals, but fortunately Halves write and perform well enough tocarry off such ambitious music with great aplomb. Genre fans won't want to missout on this one - Lovely.