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GLOOM SLEEPER - A Void LP

by CONTRASZT! REC. #57

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    Yes - GLOOM SLEEPER are very late to the post-punk party, but they don't particularly sound like the contemporary and earlier bands of the genre. Nothing from this release sounds dated or trite. GLOOM SLEEPER's style extends from post-punk to new wave, from gothic atmosphere builders to upbeat guitar pop. The band used the recording session to create a textured sonic art that married a breath taking understanding of atmosphere (without loosing its punky edge) with a sense of emotional fury. The music soars where it should and drifts when the listener needs a break from the intensity. The layered, jangly guitar releases liquid notes, the dedicated bass player pumps out rhythms, the fairly powerful drum section bites and the somewhat gothic styled vocals mixed into the songs take everything to a higher level. These guys from Bielefeld, Germany are creating their music based on the sound made popular by British bands like THE SOUND and ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN or THE WIPERS from the other side of the pond. At the same time, the influence of today's THE ESTRANGED or TERRIBLE FEELINGS is obvious. The result is a unique sound that is somehow beyond mere words – A VOID feels entirely cohesive and unified. The inventive arrangements and intricate playing can't take the catchiness out of these 10 songs: Limited colored (semitransparent turquoise) vinyl comes with a heavy printed innersleeve and includes a digital download card. A VOID will leave you re-playing to excess!

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These walls are higher than I thought The gargoyle watches from above He tries to keep me out My hesitation turns into fear As he proudly spouts: „You won't find no shelter here Only crowded rooms and broken hopes We will take it all from you Behind these doors you are no one“ Never have I felt so weak I can not move, I can not speak; Lost in cold and hostile spheres With so many hapless peers We won't find no shelter here Only crowded rooms and broken hopes They will take it all from us Behind these doors we are no one Behind these doors we are no one We are no one We won't find no shelter here Behind these doors we are no one
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The trains, they leave, but will return And I will still be sitting here My feet they hurt, my throat is sore A blueprint of a well-known lore Windmills draw circles in the sky Blood-red lines of ash and smoke Yes, I still hear the same old sound Of crushing bones, but… After decades of sacrifice Please, don’t look into my eyes Where anger was, now sadness grows Without hope The lights went out, will they return? Oh, if I could only sleep Or set a fire to burn this town But it’s me who has burned down Windmills draw circles in the sky Blood-red lines of ash and smoke And all the spirits lost their feelings Soon I will be one of them After decades of sacrifice Please, don’t look into my eyes Where anger was, now sadness grows Without hope
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released April 17, 2016

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