With a multitude of bands clambering to reach the coattails of such astute masters of minimalism as John Cage, Vulpeck have grabbed his coattails and ripped them right off.
The album Sleepify opens with a torrent of existential bliss, drones of epic proportions cascading over a stark, harsh horizon. The tone changes slightly on “Zz” where arrangements are thrown out the window in favour of good old hooks and melodies. After hearing this whilst driving to work, I could hardly stop myself from reaching for the repeat button.
“Zzz” is the weakest song on the album, clocking in at just 0.32 seconds and meandering on slightly too long to really accomplish what the other songs have managed thus far. However, order is restored as the opening melody on “Zzzz” crashes in, bludgeoning all former doubt and raising the roof with its timely interchanges.
Rarely does Bad Sounds receive a record of this quality to review, from the opening track to the final second on “Zzzzzzzzzzz” our ears are challenged, our minds compromised, our hearts destroyed by hook after hook. If this is not their last album, then its hard to see where they will go from here.
Read more about Vulfpeck at The Guardian article here.