Sleepy Tea Release New EP
Georgia Condon | On 14, Nov 2014
Local atmosphere enhancers Sleepy Tea have launched their new EP Specks, featuring an array of characteristically lovely tracks including dreamy single Hold on to Your Breath.
Launched with a free show at The Flying Cock on November 6,Â Specks showcases Sleepy Teaâ€™s ability to create strikingly simple tracks with unexpected percussive and electronic elements.
Lead number â€œHold on to Your Breathâ€ (released as a single in July) is a sweeping melodic treat, as is â€œStarry Eyesâ€, both of which feature the pleasing and under-utilised effects of softer percussion elements.
Frontman and founder Tom Wearneâ€™s voice is curiously engaging and of the sort that you could happily listen to for hours on end. Itâ€™s undeniably lovely on the record- soaring over airy guitar effects and effortlessly switching between registers- but the band proved at their launch that theyâ€™re one whose recorded music simply canâ€™t do atmospheric and audible justice to their live music.
â€œWavesâ€ has a little more distinct guitar inclusions and is a more upbeat but nonetheless reflective song with a great, imploring crescendo. It seems clear that the individual elements of each track have been carefully and expertly considered- thereâ€™s nothing unnecessary and each song on Specks has an overall sense of extremely well planned simplicity and clarity.
â€œSilver Birdsâ€ is stylistically different to the rest of the EP- despite each track being gentle and mellow, â€œSilver Birdsâ€ is the only one that feels sombre- with gentle phases that leave space for Tomâ€™s vocals to shine through, before picking back up into a bigger conclusion, in the style of Brisbane kin Art of Sleeping.
Attendees at the Specks launch were also treated to Sleepy Teaâ€™s surprising and hugely enjoyable cover of â€œBoy From Schoolâ€ by the UKâ€™s Hot Chip. Showing excellent versatility in terms of style and an ability to make a very different genreâ€™s music their own, their â€œBoy From Schoolâ€ cover was an unexpected highlight.
Their engaging combination of honest lyrics, expert and unique musicianship and genuine demeanour makes Sleepy Tea one of the Brisbane music sceneâ€™s best kept secrets- perhaps not so secret for much longer.
Images courtesy of Sleepy Tea