These psychedelic warriors of the east coast brought together a beautiful and huge song catalog that underwent many changes throughout their career but never lost the charm and power it began with.
Let’s take A look at the top tracks by Sleepy Sun.
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This is a track from their second record, Fever, which came out in 2010 and it is the number one popular song in their Spotify profile. The song kicks off with a fuzz-driven guitar riff that then washes up on a slow and gentle first verse embellished with some ethereal arrangements and a dual-vocal approach that is nothing short of beautiful.
The first chorus is a non-sung fuzzed out riff and the clash among parts is what makes me simply love this band. Rachel Fannan’s voice is incredibly soft and beautiful, just like the middle dance-intended segment. This is without a doubt an awesome song, deserving number one from beginning to end.
Another track from the Fever album (2010) just before Rachel left the band (and break my heart) that got chosen as number two because it shows perfectly the dynamic between the patient pace in which this band builds the songs and the catchy melodies from the soft-as-silk vocals from both singers.
It takes almost three minutes for the song to take off into another fuzzed line; it could be called a solo, but it’s more like an arrangement. It is unbelievable how they are all awesome musicians who work for the song every time. No wonder I love this band!
This is a latter track from their Private Tales album (2017) which is a very different approach to music-making by them but remains a beautiful piece. The vocals dwell into a more articulate melody and are sung with an almost whispered voice reaching new highs.
Also, the acoustic guitar gives it a more pop-like sound and coup
led with the background vocals, it could be thought of as a pop tune from a Billboard-leading band. Fuzz seems to have left the main spot in the picture to leave room for a more melodic search and the extension of it (less than 5 minutes) can be thought of as a different search with complexity in service of the song and not the other way around. There aren’t as many parts as there used to be, but the intensity is intact, the fuzz and delay solo of the end is completely epic.
This is a slower, mellower track from their debut album Embrace (2009) and one of the firsts in catching my attention completely. There is a Beatlesque element to it and the hypnotic,
minimalistic drums-and-piano base create a groove with enough room for the melody to develop and grow.
Voices are just ethereal, and it feels like Bret is whispering the words right in your ear with ease on the morning of a sunny day of their homeland, California. The guitar riff is really fuzzed out but doesn’t take off until the song passes the four-minute mark and the band takes off a little but not too much. The subtlety of the song makes it beautiful and you just want to play it on repeat time after time (like I did for years!).
This is the first track from their Maui Tears record (2013) and starts with the drums playing an upbeat, happy pattern at the right speed for a relaxing song. The most amazing thing about it, though, is that the chorus features Bret expanding his vocal range but the band lowering the volume making room for a very catchy vocal melody before entering a shaker-driven instrumental bridge that accumulates tension to be released in the next chorus with a minimalist approach I find simply fascinating.
The percussive instruments following that initial drum pattern are beautifully arranged as is the guitar that seems almost like a violin with infinite sustain and a different melody than the one being sung before. The song really takes off after the 3 minutes and ends with a sudden silence in the best moment of the vocal melody. It was released by the band as a single in a 7 record I happen to have and listen to a lot.