Nod

Good Night Sleep

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Since 1990, the Rochester, NY, trio Nod has written eclectic albums that draw on punk, jazz, indie pop, and folk to create a menagerie of intimate and dreamy art rock. The group's fifth record, Good Night Sleep, applies a lo-fi aesthetic to these multiple genres, from the spacy, meandering "Old Hotel" to the bluesy fingerings on instrumental tracks like "Space Whale." "Dragon" is a simple, backwards-glancing fairy tale and "Walk the Little Man" is an odd folk song. Good Night Sleep casts Nod in the backwoods indie rock realm of Grandaddy, Little Grizzly, or Mercury Rev. But while Good Night Sleep is a satisfying record, Nod lacks the grandeur of fellow East Coasters Mercury Rev and the Pavement lineage of Californians like Grandaddy and Fiver.

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