Album Review: The High Wire - 'The Sleep Tape' (Grandpa Stan)

US indie of yore cushions the impact of this dreamy offering

Like being swaddled in duck-down pillows while dappled sunlight filters onto closed eyelids, London-based trio The High Wire have succeeded in creating a narcoleptic wonderland. Hypnotic interludes like the dozy ‘New Lovers’ rest flush against the slumber strut of ‘Sleep Tape’. The presence of mid-’90s US indie looms large on this debut, with Mercury Rev’s influence weaving itself throughout the record, while whispers of The Lemonheads make themselves heard on ‘Odds And Evens’, as Alexia Hagen trills almost as sweetly as Juliana Hatfield. Even The Dandy Warhols get a look-in via the hazy grind of ‘A Future Ending’. Self-indulgent instrumentals aside, ‘The Sleep Tape’ is simply dreamy.

Leonie Cooper

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7 / 10

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