Nap Eyes

Nap-Eyes-Polaroid-2-web

Photo by Colin Medley

Their first album, Whine Of The Mystic, sort of arrived out of nowhere when Paradise of Bachelor heard it, liked it and re-released it to the world. Plaudits followed from buffoons like me and respected journalists as well. Soon, people were expecting a second album, leading to the dreaded sophomore album.

Whine Of The Mystic was this hyper-literate album about drinking. It sounds childish when you write it but it was actually pretty deep. It was more an observance of the culture that painted outside the lines to look at the highs and lows. Lead singer, chief songwriter and bi0-chemist, Nigel Chapman, has this uncanny knack for painting vivid detail for the mundane. His vocals rarely ever make it out of first gear. As the vocals ease of the speaker, you feel as if he’s sitting next to you telling you a story, in a way that nobody else could. Chapman might not be the coolest guy in the room but he sure as hell is the guy that describes the room in the coolest manner.

Click Clack has my favorite line of the album – “Sometimes, drinking, I feel so happy but then / I can’t remember why … Sometimes, drinking, I don’t know my best friend for my best friend.” It is one of the few times in the album where Chapman’s voice heightens and the band subtly kicks in behind him. It is really tasty. The last verse of the album on Trust is another winner, “I know you don’t trust me but I got some things I need to tell you anyway. Sometimes I can hardly believe the way you don’t believe me when I say what you do.,” before the chorus kicks in and the album fades to black.

I was really looking forward to this album and am happy to say it ticked off all the boxes I was looking for. If you’re new to the band, get on it. Both albums are outstanding.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa

Nap Eyes is here

{ 0 comments }

Nap-Eyes-Polaroid-2-web

Photo by Colin Medley

I was all set to include Whine Of the Mystic in HearYa’s Best of 2015 until I just learned that it came it out in 2014. Luckily for me, they have announced their follow-up, Thought Rock Fish Scale, so I can pencil them in for 2016. The lovely folks at Paradise of Bachelors will be releasing it on February 5th. Here’s a little info on Thought Rock Fish Scale.

Recorded live to tape, with no overdubs, on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, Nap Eyes’ quietly contemplative sophomore record refines and elaborates their debut, offering an airier, more spacious second chapter, a bracing blast of bright oceanic sunshine after the moonlit alleys of Whine of the Mystic (PoB-20). But the briny, cold Atlantic roils beneath these exquisite, literate guitar pop songs, posing riddles about friendship, faith, mortality, and self-doubt.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa

Nap Eyes is here

{ 1 comment }

NapEyes

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.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa

Nap Eyes is here

{ 0 comments }

Nap

Paradise of Bachelors is set to release Whine Of The Mystic by Nova Scotia’s Nap Eyes. Nap Eyes consists of Josh Salter (bass), Seamus Dalton (drums), and Brad Loughead (lead guitar) and Paradise of Bachelors is calling them the greatest band you’ve never heard of. I don’t how you would disprove that so I’m going to go with it.

But once you listen to the song below, they lose that title. That is quite the conundrum. I say go for it. Paradise of Bachelors says it is a brilliant small-batch brew of crooked, literate guitar pop refracted through the gray Halifax rain. I say it reminds me of a Lou Reed tune.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa

Nap Eyes is here

{ 0 comments }