Thursday, February 21, 2013

Jacket Thor - Songs for Sleepwalkers

When Ryan Kalentkowski isn't playing guitar in The Gentle Stunts, he makes his own blend of indie folk as Jacket Thor. Here, on "Songs for Sleepwalkers" he collects 5 songs that are all very different from each other.

Firstly, I have to say I love the cover art of this and the previous EP "Songs for Skulls". Ryan painted these himself and I admire the colors and textures.

This collection is varying in styles and sounds, one of the standout tracks "Divinity Through A Megaphone" is brief and nursery rhyme-like, nearly silly. It has a strange vibe to it as a result of the quality of the recording, very eerie but still welcoming. Another big standout track is "Dead Sons (Keep Me From Freezing)". The vocals in this song are touching and beautiful. The guitar is wonderfully played.

Infact, I think the one thing as a whole that stood out to me on this EP is how well the instruments are played. The guitar tones and leads are all effortlessly played. The drums seem to be more about creating a trance-like environment based around repetition rather than fills. It all works. The whole thing is good!

And you can get it here from Jacket Thor's Bandcamp!

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