About the Artist: San Francisco 7 piece band Stages of Sleep just released their latest CD entitled Carousel in 2012.
Review: In this overly saturated genera/market with a plethora of artists coming out of the woodwork, armed with nothing more than a PC, Microphone, a guitar and a crappy sounding CD — it’s nice to know there are a few bands that can still play instruments the way they were meant to be played These new I speak of manage push their music out to the world and much of it do I dare say is substandard to say the least. So what do bands like Dirty Protectors, Andrew Bird, Beach House, Wolf Parade and Okkervil River have that Stages of Sleep don’t? Not much if you ask me save the multi million dollars promotional machines and major record label support. Stages of Sleep break the mold in half with their highly original sound and amazing movements that will mesmerize both the novice and advanced listener. Carousel delivers invigorating music that has a deep seeded Progressive-Jazz-Rock roots. The playing skills of the band is red hot and the production value is rock solid for an Independent Artist. Right now after hearing their music and checking out a few of their live clips — they are what we’ve been waiting for musically. I don’t say stuff like that often. All in all a well rounded CD that has much to offer the listeners. Apparently there are still a few bands out there believe in writing you a highly creative piece of music. Shame on me!
Top Tracks: The Lesson, Badlands, Celtic Drift.
Conclusion: Stages of Sleep stand out from other Indie-Alt artists in a good way within this very saturated market. Their answer to mundane music is to deliver something unique and powerful with a breath of fresh air, a highly technical playing styles and a strong signature sound that refuses to be defined via 1 listen. The strong suit of Stages of Sleep is there amazing amount of unpredictability and superb originality. What’s even more impressive I can’t recall a band with playing styles like this since the early 90’s.One would be wise to keep a watchful eye on these gays over the next several years.
By Rory Richardson edited by Joshua Beach
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4 of 5 Stars