Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Walking Sleep: A Magnificently Orchestrated Pop-Rock Soundtrack For A Glistening Spring Morning

Walking Sleep originally formed in 2007 under the name The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra. The six-piece band came together as the natural extension of lead singer Hunter Curra’s exploratory songwriting, in which he combined male and female vocal harmonies, classic rhythms, and curiously dark lyrics. Drawing influence across genres and decades, their songs include echoes of the melancholy psychedelic pop of The Zombies, the uptempo stomp of classic Motown, and the moody melodicism of Fleetwood Mac, but placed in a modern context, akin to bands like Belle & Sebastian, The Shins, and Camera Obscura.  

Walking Sleep takes those band's breathy pop and adds a little weight to it  while maintaining the predilection for orchestral touches and adding the occasional cinematic touch (the dramatic marching tempo and the haunting female hooting that pops up occasionally on “In A Dream”). The band is confident enough in its pop songwriting to never allow any of these exotic elements to pressure the music toward novelty. Like the best modern pop groups, Walking Sleep manages to recall many elements of the past fifty years of development without sounding like a direct copy of anyone else.

The band unveiled its first full length album, Measures, in May 2010. Measures features 10 tracks showcasing the scope and breadth of Walking Sleep’s unique sound. From the fast-and-tight garage-rock of ‘Final Chapter’ to the expansive strings (played by members of The Section Quartet amongst others) and Nancy-and-Lee vocals of ‘Let It Go On’, the songs offer a variety of textures and hooks while maintaining a strong sense of identity and purpose. 

Also check out their other song, "Don't Be Fooled" on Myspace

1 comment:

  1. So this is them...hehehe. Gotta go take a listen :-)


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