Those Kivel boys are at it again, and again they aim to please. As members of Princeton brothers Matt and Jesse soaked in the island sun, and Jesse’s project Kisses could serve as a soundtrack for Silver Lake. Matt takes the lead with their latest project, Sleeping Bags.
The band’s self-titled debut sounds pretty much like you’d think an album entitled Sleeping Bags should – fuzzy, cozy, dreamy, comfortable. The instrumental opening track “Before” envelops you, pulling you down, convincing you to sink deeper and deeper.
A good chunk of the album is instrumental, and the songs with lyrics bury Matt Kivel’s vocals in layers of fuzz that make them seem more like a subliminal message or a passing thought than poetry in motion. The entire album hovers somewhere between sleep and waking, from the fitful “Shark” to the sweeping “Cantaloupe” and its pied-piper guitar line that beckons you to come skipping across the cosmic waves. An excellent addition to your fall rotation, Sleeping Bags is ready to roll on your hazy Sunday mornings.–