Light Sleeper

Light Sleeper

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"Everything I know about love/I learned from a "pop song"" Light Sleeper sings in the appropriately titled "Pop Song," and that pretty much defines this Cali trio's soft-focus love affair with the form. Spidery guitar figures, pleasantly woozy, synth-augmented rhythms, and hushed, co-ed vocals drift through this self-titled debut; it's clear Light Sleeper is still taken with the gooey, childlike grace that defined indie pop in the mid- to late-1990s. That said, they do tend to fill the smaller moments of their songs with more solid fare. "Pop Song"'s crackling Rickenbacker, for example, or the fully-formed Yo La Tengo homage of "Melting Point." Other highlights include the robust acoustic strumming of "Come on Baby," and "Leonid Sky"'s spacey-sweet love story. Fans of Darla Records should be quite taken with Light Sleeper's easygoing confection.

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