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Great Northern

Sleepy Eepee
Eenie Meenie Records
www.greatnorthernmusic.com


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 enough.

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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