Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released in 2001, this solo album from Greg Weeks predates the Espers long-players but certainly served as a precursor to the band's genre defining forest folk tendencies, with Weeks placing far greater emphasis on psychedelia and analogue synthesizer instrumentation than many of his more conventionally minded contemporaries. Consequently, Weeks' music tends to be more ambitious and sophisticated than your standard issue folk album, with pieces like 'Made' featuring liberal helpings of mellotron and the Kraut-ish, baroque organ harmonies of 'Past Four Corners' having more in common with Stereolab than someone like Devendra Banhart or Josephine Foster. In fact, as self-produced albums go, Awake Like Sleep sounds startlingly complex, characterised by an inventive use of harmony and an evasion of all the usual genre clichés. Excellent.