So far Sleepthief have 2 albums under its belt; namely Dawnseeker and the latest, Labyrinthine Heart which was released last year. To date, I’ve only listened to Labyrinthine Heart, and I fell in love with Justin Elswick’s work. Sleepthief’s works have often been compared to other artistes such as Delerium (from Canada) and many more to which I’m not familiar with. Told ya I’m a noob lol! Anyway, from a personal opinion, Sleepthief is pretty much like Delerium (also an electronic project which Elswick drew his influence from).
Coury Palermo (this is the only male singer for LH)
Roberta Carter Harrison
Reason Why – feat Coury Palermo & Zoe Johnston music video
So let’s take a look the tracklists of Labyrinthine Heart:
World Gone Crazy – feat Coury Palermo
Skimming Stones – feat Kirsty Hawkshaw
Labyrinthine Heart – feat Jody Quine
A Kind of Magic – feat Zoe Johnston
A Cut From the Fight – feat Kristy Thirsk
A Rainy World – feat Caroline Lavelle
Ariadne (The Dividing Sea) – feat Joanna Stevens
Reason Why – feat Coury Palermo & Zoe Johnston
Fire King – feat Jody Quine
Reversals – feat Kristy Thirsk
There’s Something Going On – Roberta Carter Harrison
I must say all the tracks are good and each of the singers bring out different vibes. My personal picks will be Here I Confess, World Gone Crazy, Skimming Stones, Labyrinthine Heart, Reason Why and Reversals. Pick Here I Confess for example, Joanna Stevens really did a wonderful vocal works, she layered 2 or 3 vocals and together with like orchestra music (I think it’s from keyboard patch), it really gives a very epic and sweet feel to the song. And Reversals by Kristy Thirsk, is a very ‘I-wanna-be-with-you’ kuntum type of song but again, with wonderful poppy voice, oh fuck hahah. Every now and then hints of new age music can be felt somewhere in the album. And like a typical pop album, production is crystal clear, no doubt in that.
These singers,are talented as fuck, but I’m wondering why are they not popular. I’m not really familiar with pop music, first of all. And then probably they are known only in their respective countries. Nonetheless, they did a good job. Be sure to check these singers’ works and albums (I already listened to Kristy Thirsk’s Souvenir,not bad!). And true enough, Sleepthief sounds a bit like Delerium (some of singers also appeared in Delerium works), but the similarity are not really astounding. So far this is only pop (can I consider Sleepthief as pop?) album that I can tolerate. However, I have yet listen to Sleepthief’s debut The Dawnseeker (but Contramen did), but from what I learnt, it wasn’t good as Labyrinthine Heart. Be sure to check Sleepthief music videos as well!
Sleepthief can be reached at here. For someone who listens to loud and fast music (occasionally ultra slow and depressing) music, I think Sleepthief is suitable for those wanted to switch for something different, if you are tired of listening to fast and heavy stuff. Sleepthief = pop. But not too cheesy and overmanufactured.
Score: 8 / 10
Pros: Excellent vocal works by guest artist. Some of the tracks are very inspiring.
Cons: However some tracks are forgettable, at times sounded like a filler song.
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