Wintersleep, the indie-rock crew from Halifax, Nova Scotia, are back with their third studio LP. Welcome To the Night Sky comes hot off of the success – and energy – of massive touring, having played with the likes of Pearl Jam and The Tragically Hip. It’s an album loaded with passionate tracks, which prove that the hours on the road were hardly wasted time.
With blasting hard rock and dreamy melancholy playing equally important roles, the main consistency of Welcome To The Night Sky's ten tunes comes in their delivery. The band, which includes Paul Murphy on vocals/guitar, Loel Campbell on drums, Tim D'Eon on guitar, and Jud Haynes on bass, have created a collection where each song, despite the range in content and mood, is on par with its counterparts in musical and lyrical strength.
From clapping and laughing like he “don’t care” in "Oblivion", to lamenting over having previously dreamt of saving the world, but now resorting to dreaming about the holidays in "Search Party", Murphy is running full range. But there is something intriguing about the way that his forlorn voice juxtaposes against the more upbeat in the former; and yet incredibly fitting about Murphy singing the latter, a much sadder verse.
Between the two however, it's the upbeat that clearly stands out. "Hollow Man" is a track full of both desire and sass, backed by contagious rhythms, and "Yellow Bellied", the final track, anchors the album as an eight-minute commanding anthem that builds into an explosion of rock.
In fact, both the first and the last track of Welcome To The Night Sky are the kind of tunes that build in anticipation and, perhaps on both accounts, it's in anticipation of what's to come.
Album: Welcome to the Night Sky
Date Of Release: October 2, 2007
Bitrate: CBR 192 kbps