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Boomkat Product Review:
Expanding upon the fine groundwork laid by their debut, Embrace, Californian rockers Sleepy Sun return with an exceptional slow-burn sophomore album. First track 'Marina' excels largely because of the remarkable harmonised interplay between vocalists Bret Constantino and Rachel Williams, but even stripped of their beguiling lead, the song has plenty going on to make it special: the guitars blaze, vintage synths chirp and a touch of Western-tinged harmonica adds to the gauzy, desert-bound quality of it all. So far, this kind of psych-influenced blues rock is very much along the lines of what we've come to expect from the band (and tracks like 'Wild Machines' and 'Open Eyes' certainly live up to that), but with more measured acoustic pieces such as 'Rigmaroo' and 'Ooh Boy' Sleepy Sun hint at the considerable depths of their musicianship. On these shorter and more miniaturised pieces there's a satisfying contrast to the extended jam sessions that they so clearly excel at. Speaking of extended jams, the immense closer, 'Sandstorm Woman' is notable as the album's defining statement on this front, lumbering around artfully for ten minutes of scorching, epic blues-scale soundscaping. This band slot nicely alongside a school of slowed-down retro rock bands that includes the likes of Brightblack Morning Light, Black Mountain and Dead Meadow, and based on the form of Fever, you might reasonably think of them as new scene leaders.