Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Halves - Haunt Me When I’m Drowsy (2008) (AWESOME !!!)
Genre : Post-rock, Ambient, Experimental
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
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 these seven tracks the band do a splendid job of avoiding the formulaic tendencies of the post-rock fraternity, instead exhibiting sufficient diversity and skill to avoid being yet another quiet/loud Mogwai knock off.. You simply can't avoid certain references, however: right down to the vocals, there are clear cut Sigur Ros approximations on tracks like 'In The Sorrows, In The Fire' or 'May Your Enemies Never Find Happiness'. You can make out further Scandinavian influence in the Efterklang-style microbeats and orchestration of 'Amberscene' or the m-isms of 'Medals, but fortunately Halves write and perform well enough to carry off such ambitious music with great aplomb. Genre fans won't want to miss out on this one - Lovely.
There is no question halves stand alone in the Irish music scene. Fusing live strings, electronic beats, and many other toys with a traditional rock setup. They craft unique soundscapes, from delicate yet haunting pieces to almost cinematic scale post-rock.