Well, if I were the type to devise genres, I would unhesitatingly describe Tanks and Recognizers, the latest album by Lights Out Asia, as "Sleep Rock." Lights Out Asia has effortlessly crossed the genre borderline, as their sound combines rock, ambient, experimental, electronica, and, um, new age, in a way that sounds completely natural and convincing. I would use the term sparingly, though, because I would not want to imply that their music is boring, for their melodies are most assuredly not boring. Instead, their sound is big, but it’s never terribly baroque; it’s large, but it never overpowers you. Sure, some of the songs go on for a bit, but, again, it never seems monotonous. I’m reminded of Brian Eno, Robin Guthrie, and occasionally Sigur Ros, but never to the point where what they do feels derivative. Their sound, though big, will assuredly ease your weary soul to a place of sleepy snoozy slumber—and, really, what’s wrong with that?
Listen To: "Roy"
Tanks and Recognizers is available now on n5md
Labels: Lights Out Asia, n5md, sleep rock