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The Sleepy Trees - Young Joseph

kilgoretrout   (50 reviews)

Posted: 10/14/2010 | Comments: 1 | Rate:

The Sleepy Trees are an indie rock/folk band from Johnstown Pennsylvania. While their last release, Settings, sat a lot more firmly on the folk aspect of their music, Young Joseph brings in a bit more of the rock aspect, and it is definitely a much lauded change. While the acoustic guitar and soft drumming on Settings gave the album a very personal, alt-country introspective feeling, Young Joseph manages to keep that feeling and injects it with a much more indie rock vibe much to their benefit.

Young Joseph starts out with a slowly strummed ditty in "Plateau, Grass, Plateau", and with a bit of feedback and guitar solo-ing leaves you pounding your fingers and tapping your toes. Lead singer John Stapleton's voice starts out quiet, and soon soars over the electric guitar with screeches and squeals of, "I caught you blood red handed, how can we go back to the way we once were?" While a bit whiny, Stapleton's voice is a bit reminiscent of Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus fame, which is definitely a good thing.

The next song, "Separation" (which was also featured on Settings, and happened to be my personal favorite), is a ode to personal struggles with faith, and the lyrics of this song alone are worth the price of admission. They manage to tweak the song with more in time drumming and turning up the guitar a bit in the mix.

Other highlights on Young Joseph are "Vandal", which is definitely the most rockingest song on the albumm and picks up the tempo of the album quite a bit in a short two minute narrative about a "terrible crime", and "I Know What You Mean Billy Pilgrim" is named after the main character in Kurt Vonnegut's famous anti-war masterpiece, Slaughterhouse Five, and brings back the alt-country vibes of Settings.

The songs on Young Joseph are all concise and to the point, the longest track barely reaching five minutes. Sometimes short songs can be a detriment, but for The Sleepy Trees, it definitely works out all for the best. There aren't really any throw away tracks on Young Joseph, and it turns out to be a gem of an album from four young Pennsylvania's who want to bring a little more rock to the singer-songwriter genre. Young Joseph is available for free download so I'll throw the link up in the related links section. If you enjoy rock and roll or alt-country music, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to grab this album.

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