Shuteye Unisonl – Shuteye Unison
Record Label: Parks And Records
Release Date: May 7, 2008
San Francisco, California based quartet that features three members of The Rum Diary.
How Is It?
Shuteye Unison’s self-titled EP is the sort of sprawling, atmospheric rock you can temporarily lose yourself in. Daniel Mckenzie’s vocals rarely rise above a whisper, but his vocal style is the perfect fit for Shuteye Unison’s lush soundscapes. Shuteye Unison’s songs are all about the build ups, especially on lengthy tracks such as the seven and a half minute long “Fields Landing”. “Fields Landing” opens with sparse instrumentation and sound clips and moves along at an almost glacial pace before transitioning into a more aggressive approach in the waning minutes. Although Shuteye Unison’s strength seems to be crafting beautiful, expansive instrumental passages, the band also displays the ability to disrupt the lulling nature of their songs with brief flashes of heaviness (“Slow Ravens”) or unrelenting energy (“Tomorrow’s Five Horizons”). Shuteye Unison’s debut EP is enjoyable and shows a band that is capable of great things, but some of the songs tend to drag as the album goes on. I loved listening to this album while walking to class when the weather was less than perfect outside (either pouring rain or in the middle of a notorious Oswego snowstorm), and I find that this album is perfect for those moments. I am curious to hear the follow up the band is currently recording and I feel that if they further build on the groundwork of Shuteye Unison, it will be an album to look out for.