Release date: 29-05-2007, Label: The End Records
By: Wouter van de Kamp
Now with their third release Sleepytime Gorilla Museum has all the ingredients
ready to conquer Europe. After their first European performance on Headway Festival
this year, followed by a European tour, there is no way out for the addicts
of polyrythms and polymeters. This band might win the first prize in the category
“impossible to classify”. They found a way to blend free jazz, classical music,
doom and death metal, avantgarde, postrock and many other elements into an amzing
experience. Again their selfmade instrument which they call the sledgehammer
dulcimer (piano strings on a plank played with drumsticks) is an important element.
But their self built percussion instruments, the xylophone and violin also found
their way back on this album, creating a unique, never boring musical journey
in which you are swept from classical music via spoken lyrics through African
rythm sections into metal and back.
This band is all but cliché. SGM gives originality a whole new meaning. Their
gloomy, dark lyrics are again sung by Nils Frykdahl and Carla Kihlstedt and
accompanied by the other members using a wide variety in singing techniques.
Sleepytime brings us both male and female voices performing falsetto’s, clean
vocals, answering machines, spoken lyrics, humming and doesn’t fear going into
death growls, hereby adding an extra instrument to their impressive list half
of which are selfmade: drums, piano, glockenspiel, xylophone, percussion instruments,
trumpet, guitar, Lever-action lever, Vatican, Valhalla, toy piano, Tangularium,
Electric Pancreas, violin, Percussion guitar, bass harmonica, nyckelharpa, bass,
sledgehammer dulcimer and an instrument they simply call “The Thing”. This is
one of the most brilliant, intelligent, weird and unexpectable albums you’ll
ever come across in your whole life.
If you’re not afraid to listen to an album at least 10 times to get a little
grasp of what is actually going on, you should definately check this one out.
Take part in the experience and let Sleepytime invite you to join them in their
|01. The Companions
02. Helpless Corpses Enactment
03. Puppet Show
05. Angle of Repose
07. The Salt Crown
08. The Only Dance
09. The Greenless Wreath
10. The Widening Eye
11. The Putrid Refrain