Literally all members of this band come from Nova Scotia. One of them writes the songs in rural Halifax whilst the other two transcribe and arrange his ideas to produce allusive and ambitious music. Bit of Lou Reed here, bit of the Wave Pictures there.... you know the sort of thing. One of them is called Nigel.
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You know what, no. Don’t do that, Nap Eyes. This is fine. It is now, but it’s not bad. Try and reduce expectations to an all time low if you want, but I’ll enjoy your album of plodding, pared-back, garaged guitar rock just fine. I am fairly certain that with a few well-placed calls I could find a handful of Lou Reed, Wave Pictures and Cate le Bon fans who would say this album is Good, Actually.
Nap Eyes have a blunt sound but deal it out in subtleties. There are no frills, but there are triumphs of sleight; a yearning vocal melody like the one that winds its way into “I’m Bad”; a ramshackle strum and a twangy one-string solo; the kind of lounge chair psychedelia that comes with just having a really nice bass tone plodding through the place. At times Nap Eyes fully do it for me by recalling Eleanor Friedberger’s superb ‘New View’ -- a record this gracefully classic finds time to be both familiar and newly catchy, and that’s all you need.
I’ll take the melancholic end of the spectrum any day, but ‘I’m Bad Now’ largely suceeds in any tone, its homogenous sound acting as the perfect company to lilt its listener into early evening lethargy. We're not even out of Wednesday morning yet and I'm dozing off on a Sunday night.
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