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Sleep Forever [CD]

The Crocodiles, Crocodiles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B003VURG3U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mirrors
2. Stoned to Death
3. Hollow Hollow Eyes
4. Girl in Black
5. Sleep Forever
6. Billy Speed
7. Hearts of Love
8. All My Hate and My Hexes Are for You

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"Welcome to the art-punk renaissance", declared Rolling Stone magazine, triumphantly heralding Crocodiles debut album. The San Diego duo had spent years kicking against the mundanity of their sprawling military town, sharing a love for girl groups and punk, and a feeling of small-town-alienation. In 2009 the pair released their acclaimed debut album as Crocodiles. Alongside Rolling Stones support, Summer Of Hate also garnered them tours across the US and Europe supporting bands like Holy Fuck and The Horrors. Straddling vast sonic terrains from the jagged guitar stabs of street-strutting lead single "Neon Jesus", to throbbing krautrock, expansive shoegaze and irresistibly danceable disco-punk jams, Summer Of Hate drew comparisons with The Velvet Underground and Primal Scream. It also caught the ear of James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco man and producer of Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and Florence + the Machine). Together, all three headed into the desert in early 2010 to create Summer Of Hate's psychedelic, hypnotic and anthemic follow-up: Sleep Forever. Raw it may be, but Sleep Forever is still an unmistakably more refined beast than its predecessor.

BBC Review

The paradoxical thing about some of music’s more noted dealers in feedback is that their studio recordings are often as genteel as the live experience is cacophonous. This most obviously applies to shoegaze bands – frail and ethereal on record, painfully loud in person – but even the likes of the early Jesus and Mary Chain were far suppler in the studio than their deafening gigs suggested. There’s a fairly simple reason for this: where quieter strains of feedback afford an extensive, melodious palette, then at louder volumes you simply get a sort of ‘KSSSCHHSHSCHHH’ noise, which may sound pretty cool when My Bloody Valentine bash it out at 120db, but is pretty lame on a personal stereo.

Clearly this wasn’t something that especially concerned Californian two-piece Crocodiles on their 2009 debut album, Summer of Hate. A spectacularly noisy piece of work, you could fitfully make out some relatively enjoyable lo-fi melodies buried beneath its screaming guitars. But really, its nine subtlety-free tracks weren’t so much a statement of artistic intent as advance warning of Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez’s absurdly loud live show.

Second time out, and the duo are mindful of the fact they should probably try and do more than make a ‘KSSSCHHSHSCHHH’ noise this time. With Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford behind the desk, the thick, fizzy motorik of Sleep Forever opener Mirrors suggests a band heading towards maturity via streamlined electronic means. It’s something of a false dawn, but certainly Ford draws some pretty impressive organ sounds out of the duo: Stoned to Death’s roiling psyche groove nearly justifies the five-minute run time, while Hollow Hollow Eyes’s keyboard part is at least discernibly pretty good, despite the song itself basically being another ‘KSSSCHHSHSCHHH’ jobbie.

For the most part, though, the fuzz has been pulled back enough to reveal an enjoyable but hardly revolutionary set that tends to recall a more ponderous Darklands-era JAMC – see especially Girl in Black, Sleep Forever and All My Hate and Hexes Are for You. If Sleep Forever still doesn’t represent that defining artistic intent, it’s certainly a small step up on the debut, and an eminently worthwhile use of the duo’s downtime between the more important business of sending gig-goers deaf.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Crocs make good! 13 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Though the cover pic looks a bit "goth", the first track actually is a good introduction to this record, mashing up as it does a motorik beat, prog-pop sounds and US garage rock. File this alongside Clinic's first EPs and LPs, the "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968" compilation and Can at their psychedelic rock best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album! 10 May 2011
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The Crocodiles have definitely found their sound with this album. It is excellent from beginning to end, probably my favorite album of 2010.

"Sleep Forever" has more of a live-in-the-studio recording vibe than their first album ("Summer Of Hate") with the presence of more practical instruments and a sometimes overwhelming layering of instruments/digital tracks which, for me, is reminiscent to the wall-of-sound. Very fuzzy, Lo-Fi, Electronic, while brilliantly balancing hard/heavy with soft/sweet. Highlights for me are "Mirrors", "Stoned To Death" and "Hearts Of Love", but the album is solid all the way through.

I also recommend catching them live, if you can. They are incredible. If you like this album, check out their collaboration with the Dum Dum Girls on "Merry Christmas Baby (Please Don't Die)", which is available for free download on various sites. I don't usually like Christmas songs, but this is an exception. Can we get more collaborations like this, please?
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