ARTIST: Night Beds
TITLE: Country Sleep
YEAR RELEASED: 2013
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Lost Springs, Night Beds, Ramona
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Winston Yellen, Matt Wilcox, Abe Yellen, Ben Kaufman, Aly Holland, Chris Kimmerer
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A gentle country-folk album that sounds like they’re running in the same company as the Fleet Foxes, among others.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The acapella harmonies right out of the gate scream FLEET FOXES, and through some of the album, Winston Yellen and his band-mates don’t do anything to disabuse that notion. Many tracks are slow and lush with harmonies and at times sung almost acapella.
Yet Night Beds at times turns into more of a traditional alt-country-folk band. Not that they rock out, much. The album is moody and meditative, with evocative arrangements and the ghostly harmonies.
I don’t want to use the “if you like X, you’ll like Y” trope, but if you like the Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver, then this first full-length is one you should check out.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had an earlier EP (that I missed and will circle back to).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+: Moody, at times peaceful, and always tasteful country-folk record.