Wintersleep - Hello Hum

a bit math-rocky but after a few songs it begins to ruffle its feathers a little and let a little light in

Wintersleep - Hello Hum

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You’ve got to admire a band like Wintersleep. Their lead singer Paul Murphy sings with the kind of effort normally reserved for floppy haired teenagers with a ‘woe is me’ approach to life. Yet, even if it sounds like he can’t be bothered to open his mouth half the time, his monotonous approach eventually gets under your skin and you’ll find him quite pleasant to listen to. Musically, they’re very similar. Hello Hum begins a bit math-rocky but after a few songs it begins to ruffle its feathers a little and let a little light in and is all the better for it – although we’ll quickly skip over Permanent Sigh, which veers slightly into Editors/Coldplay territory and we simply refuse to go there. Hell Hum is the kind of album that takes a while for its spell to take effect on you. It slowly builds a foundation under your feet and, while it never quite pulls the rug and drags you off kicking and screaming into a dungeon to make you its prisoner, it does make you feel kind of glad and safe to have it around you while its playing. I doubt it’ll set your world on fire, but there’s a lot to like here.

Quite a lot, indeed.