Arms and Sleepers - Bliss Was It In That Dawn To Be Alive Fake Chapter by Eric Nielsen 12.27.06
This disc sounds like something that could have come out of San Diego - a pleasant, steady, mellow sound that Album Leaf champions. There is also a bit of the local band Ilya in this disc. Void mostly of singing, this album floats you away to other dimensions. Sometimes you drift in and out of listening as you look out the window, while it sets a soundtrack for the windy weather of winter and the clouds blowing by. There is some fine drumming that is reminiscent of Portishead, especially on A Mission To Prague. This song also has some great singing that is mixed so sweetly that it really emotes a strong feeling, that when paired with the song's structure, draws you into yourself.
An east coast band, Arms and Sleepers recorded this record in late '06 in Cambridge Mass. and employs the brass sections from Burning House Ensemble. The horns are delicately mixed in and sound really fantastic. There are some real attempts on the record to include hi fi and lo fi sounds. The last track has a record groove looped throughout the piece to indicate the end of the record, but also meshes in some electronica that gives the feeling of a modern yet old sounding disc.
The Arms and Sleepers track has some interesting pitch shifting and nice timing mix ups, and some really heavy comparative sounds to Album Leaf. It's almost like you could hear this on the OC. Maybe it's the similar Rhodes feeling or the melody line that plays with the delay pedal, but it really reminds you of SD. Its a great Winter record, totally mellow yet evocative, with good flavor and taste. This 7 song disc doesn't disappoint and comes in at only 33 minutes, leaving you wanting more.