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Boomkat Product Review:
With a name sounding like a National Trust reserve, this Leeds-based singer/songwriter (real name Dan Austin) seems to yearn for the authenticity of Americana, yet with a distinct Yorkshire accent finding its way into the equation. Listening to Sleepers, you'll find yourself thinking of Shack, especially on tracks like 'Broken English', which has a melody that's fairly typical of Michael Head's oeuvre, though sadly Austin's voice lets him down a little, sounding at once slightly wayward in its pitching and somehow a little disinterested. This isn't the impassioned, detuned wail of a Simon Joyner - it's just a guy who hasn't quite found his voice. You get the impression that were Austin to embrace his accent more fully he'd find a good deal more success with his recordings. Undoubtedly there are some worthwhile melodies and nicely executed guitar figures buried away in this record, but looking more broadly, it's by no means the complete picture. Depending on a listener's particular tastes, the homemade, lo-fi quality of the production (both in terms of the music itself and the artwork) will either enhance the experience or kill it all together. On the one hand there's a certain primitive bedroom-recorded charm but on the other it's not quite flaky or weird enough to fully embrace a DIY aesthetic. Devotees of country-ish songwriter fare would be advised to give this a once over, but those with a more casual interest in the genre might want to look elsewhere.