The role of the lyrics and Chapman's songwriting are central as always. Word selection and repetition, together with quirky simplicity and touches of erudite style, are remarkable and make this first reach to 'maturity' an interesting deed
With their third album, released this past March 2018, Nap Eyes open up back into the world, to put out eleven songs, 47 minutes of new contemplations in music. The role of the lyrics and Chapman’s songwriting are central as always. Word selection and repetition, together with quirky simplicity and touches of erudite style, are remarkable and make this first reach to ‘maturity’ an interesting deed.
Although accessible since the first listen, this work gives the impression that, like a book of short stories, it can be enjoyed even more going back to your favorite ones, at a later reading.
Juxtaposition possibilities abound: Judgement, You Like to Joke Around with Me and Follow me Down are somewhat “Bill-Callahanesque” in the smooth narrative flow and the timbre of the leading voice, whereas “Lou” is named directly in the alliterative Hearing the Bass.
The drums are quite polite and mark the pace with a shiny low-key attitude. Guitar and bass enrich the content with character, sometimes contrasting the mood (like in the opening song, Every Time the Feeling), other times stressing the meanings (as in Sage or in I’m Bad).
The different, fresh melodies of Roses and Dull Me Line get to escape from the question-answer scheme and the somber depths of thought, echoing that sort of musical rushing-lightness familiar to some Belle and Sebastian.
The consistency of this album is impressive, albeit repetitive, and its crepuscular, at times ironic mood sheds genuine northern lights on some perceptions of the world. In the very end the experience is at once solid and ephemeral, almost melting with the horizon line, far away up in the East Coast.
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Where Boats Appear and the music fades away.
1. Every Time the Feeling 2. I’m Bad 3. Judgment 4. Roses 5. Follow Me Down 6. You Like to Joke Around with Me 7. Dull Me Line 8. Sage 9. Hearing the Bass 10. White Disciple 11. Boats Appear
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