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For all fans of The Album Leaf, Mice Parade, múm, Sigur Rós and Her Space Holiday!!
The newcomer that listeners of avant-pop, electronica, and post-rock music have been waiting for, will finally release their debut album on 15 April, 2014!! Don't miss the incredible debut album 'Slowly Better' from the Tokyo-based band 'Oversleep Excuse' featuring a steelpan and made up of American, British, and Japanese musicians.
Their compositions have a special beauty often heard in Nordic music: close your eyes and feel like you are walking in the air. Yet the standout feature of their music is the use of a steelpan, the musical instrument originating from Trinidad, which they use to bring a unique dimension to their songs and have created their own signature sound. Once you listen to Oversleep Excuse's music, the bitter‐sweet soundscape shall come into your heart!! The mixed musicality of each member's home country and the gentle voice of the vocalist Matthew Guay, also consolidate their originality.
The fantastically catchy melody of the opener track 'Slowly Better' raises the curtain of the album with an impressive piano riff. This is followed by 'Bar Mescalito', with an upbeat, straightforward electric guitar-driven sound also heard in 'It's Alright', ballads such as 'Hope Is Always Somewhere' and 'Sad Song'. Later there are several vocal-less electronica tracks such as 'Midnight on the Highway'. All the songs are masterpieces and symbols for Oversleep Excuse's broad talents!!
Also, please don't miss the lovely artwork by illustrator, Hanako Clulow.
A band from Tokyo comprising American, British, and Japanese members. Having played together in previous projects, Matthew Guay and Adam Gyenes formed Oversleep Excuse in 2005, and after trying some different line-ups, settled as a four piece with Japanese members Mami Matsuzaka and Kazumoto Shoji. Intent on breaking out of the guitar/ bass/ drums mold, Oversleep Excuse expand their sound palette with piano, kalimbas and a steel pan, as well as utilizing electronic elements. The use of the steel pan in particular (the Trinidadian instrument) became a signature of their sound on their debut album, 2014's 'Slowly Better' (RIC017), yet the way the band incorporate it into their songs sounds far removed from the Caribbean. Rather, their sound has sometimes been called 'Nordic' and classified as 'Post rock', or 'Avant-pop', though neither of these descriptors is a perfect fit. Live sets see the members rotate duties on different instruments from song to song. Matthew Guay is primarily vocalist and guitarist, but also plays steel pan and occasionally drums. Mami Matsuzaka originally joined as drummer, but is also skilled on piano and keys, and plays steel pan too. Adam Gyenes plays guitar, drums, synthesizer and steel pan as well. Only bassist Yoshitomo Tanaka sticks to one role. Oversleep Excuse frequently play live in Tokyo, and went to Singapore to play the Baybeats festival in 2016, and Spring Scream in Taiwan in 2018. Original Bass player Kazumoto Shoji left the group prior to the release of Slowly Better in 2014 and was replaced by Yoshitomo Tanaka. With the new line up they spent 3 years honing a new set of songs which they have recorded themselves, and release their follow-up album 'Universe' in 2018.