I think (i.e. I know because I checked on Google) that it was Ernest Hemingway that said ‘I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know’. My life generally doesn’t appear to fall apart in my waking hours, but I do like sleep. I especially like that sort of sleep when you wake feeling hazy, because you’ve slept too long, and your arms feel sort of weightless, like there’s no strength in them. On some occasions you even get that sort of slow realisation that its morning and you’re awake, rather than the pretend one, when you don’t move because you don’t want to go to work, or you’re playing sleep roulette, like I can’t hear the children screaming at eachother and wrecking the house so you better get up and see to it (I always, without fail, lose but sadistically still take part in this unwritten life game).
I don’t know whether sleep is at the forefront of new Irish band Elastic Sleep’s mind (but wouldn’t elastic sleep be great, to stretch it out, maybe over a week or so in the holiday season – catchup) after all they’re probably far too young to be parents, but the Cork band have recently released their debut single, Anywhere, which is available as a free download over at the bands Soundcloud page.
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The single is a surprisingly mature piece of dreampop from the band, with the female led vocals dancing in front of you like a little willo the wisp and dragging you along with it, under its spell. Soaked in noise, and with this strange ethereal guitar sound vying for attention under the vocal, it is indeed dreampop in the purest sense. In fact, that thing I said about the hazyness between being asleep and being awake, it’s that.