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    Zelienople “Sleeper Coach” [Loose Thread]

    No sophomore slump, just a deeper drop into the coma for this
    Chicago quartet. Stonergaze with stacks of sonic blankets.
    It opens in a wind tunnel, and most following tracks ride on
    solar winds. Guitars can whoosh…especially when washed out.
    Vox are pulled into to the vacuum by way of an anglo(?) accent
    almost forcing a comparison to Slowdive. Although rarely does
    the Z aim for catchiness, happier to just glide. Each lyric
    seems to evaporate before the next, leaving little residue.
    Which is okay, as the band more steadfastly pursues reverbic
    resonance. The sound from beginning to end is consistent.
    Evidently Mike Weis is the drummer, and possibly narcoleptic.
    The mark of a good drummer is to not play certain notes,
    but Mike is able to do so for entire songs. Brian Harding
    not only blows cumulus keyboards but even breathes deep on
    clarinet. Neil Jendon joined the group last, but I think it
    is his puddles of guitar that help Zelienople (named after
    somewhere in PA) find a nice region between drone and pop.
    “Don’t Be Lonely” hits the high-water mark for me, but it
    all stays afloat. As Richard Nixon once Grimble Grumbled,
    “It is indeed a windy city!”

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 10, 2004 at 2:55 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
  • 2 comments

  • 2 Comments

    My singing accent is patterned after Dutch provincial.

  • Comment by Matt Christensen, March 30th, 2005 10:12 pm

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