Sleepy Eepee is a five-song prequel to Great Northern's
full-length, Trading Twilight For Daylight. I'm not sure
if "sleepy" is the right name for it, but "druggy"
is a word that also fits quite nicely. This Los Angeles group
is led by Solon Bixler, who oftentimes has a vocal similarity
to Wayne (Flaming Lips) Coyne's world weariness.
Bixler has done time in both 30 Seconds To Mars (you know,
actor Jared Leto's vanity project), as well as with Earlimart.
The track "Radio" is this mini-disc's most sleepy/druggy
song of all. On it Bixler warbles, "radio, follow me home,"
and you get the impression this is a slower than slow journey
back to the old homestead. The CD closes with "Shakey",
although sway-ey - if that's even a word - is actually how it
feels. "Radio", as with most of this material, leans
toward heavily orchestrated rock. If I didn't know better, I might
be led to believe Great Northern has been influenced by ELO.
But then again, that's probably not an inspiration nearly cool
Listening to Sleepy Eepee is a lot like trying to concentrate
on your boss's words while filled to the gills with cold medicine.
But just as I don't try and catch colds just to get that weird
cold medication feeling, I wouldn't go out of my way to sit through
Great Northern's music - even in such small doses.
- Dan MacIntosh
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