Nap Eyes – Whine Of The Mystic [album review}

by Woody on July 8, 2015


Upon spinning Nap Eyes for the first time, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Parquet Courts. It might not veer off the rails like some Parquet Courts tracks do but the nine tracks off Whine Of The Mystic share that quality of rumbling forward with little care of what stands in its way. Recorded live as opposed to being littered with overdubs, you really feel like you’re in the room with them.

Hailing from Halifax, Nap Eyes are led by Nigel Chapman; a bio-chemist by trade and judging by his lyrics; a voracious reader. Their PR piece labels them as literate guitar pop. If literate means that you may need a dictionary while listening, a la listening to The Decemberists, then yep – that’s accurate. Throughout the album, science and religion intersect as often (Delirium and Persecution Paranoia & No Fear Of Hellfire) as Pearson seems to reference a battle with the bottle (Dark Creedence & The Night of the First Show). Between the lyrics and constantly shifting sounds & tempos, you’ll never get tired of exploring Whine Of The Mystic.

Whine Of The Mystic was presented to me with the following statement, “Nova Scotia’s Nap Eyes is the greatest band you’ve never heard, and Whine of the Mystic is their first full-length album.” Well, now I’ve heard of them and I can confidently say that it is a tremendous listen. Released last year in Canada, the fine folks at Paradise of Bachelors got hold of them and have re-released the album. Look for a new album next year in 2016.

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