It’s been a few years since we last heard new music from Will Patterson’s project, Sleep Good. He’s back now with a brand new album titled Bohemian Grove, and I couldn’t be more excited to hear what he’s bringing. I love the bouncing piano lines that hit in the background, but the swelling wall of sound that spins around the chorus is pretty remarkable. His pedigree includes working with SoundTeam back in the day, but I suggest you also take a listen to Skyclimber just to refresh your ideas on his gifts. Look for the new LP later this year in August.
We’ve always been a fan of Will Patterson’s work and his time with Sleep Good has been no different over the last several years. Today we are being treated to a new split EP featuring two new songs from Will & co. and two songs from fellow Austin songwriter Austin Leonard Jones. Your Sleep Good songs on the split of course feature some great shoe gaze style pop music with a little bit of psych underlying everything. Songs from ALJ are certainly in the singer songwriter vain, but with a little bit of quirkiness to provide some nice pop elements.
Stream the entire new split bellow and of course throw the guys a few dollars on bandcamp if you dig.
I will begin my From the Closet today by saying that you should check out the wikipedia page about Austin band Sound Team if you don’t know their history. It’s a long story about a band that showed heaps of promise before breaking up amongst turmoil in the band and dissatisfaction with their label. Like I said, check our their wikipedia page and read up. Today I am bringing you a song from Sound Team’s one and only major label LP Movie Monster. Despite what some people may say, I actually enjoyed that record when it came out and still spin it every once and awhile. This jam “Born to Please” serves as an introduction to that LP right after a short “intro” type track. I highly recommend picking that one up at your local record store. Of course the former members of Sound Team are still making waves in the local scene so it’s not like all is lost for you fans of the sound. Bill Baird and Sam Sanford currently jams in Sunset, Matt Oliver and Jordan Johns currently run TV Torso, and Will Patterson has struck out on his own as Sleep Good. Maybe one day we can get them all back together again for a lil reunion?
Download: Sound Team – Born to Please [MP3]
Austin band Sleep Good is the brain child of local resident Will Paterson who has spent time in big name bands like Sunset and Sound Team. Will could probably be most closely compared to Alan Palomo since both are young lads in their very early 20s and both have already put out massive amounts of creative material in a very short amount of time. For the longest time, Will worked on his Sleep Good project completely solo and only used the name as a creative moniker. A year or so ago though the solo moniker became a full blown band with four other members who have been doing some light touring as of late around Austin. You’ll be hard pressed to find recorded material from Sleep Good that you can actually download or purchase other than their Autobus Records LP Skyclimber. I’ve gotten my hands on that album and have really enjoyed the material as one of the most creative pieces of work to come out locally this year. You’ll also be hard pressed to put a label on this project from Patterson. At times you’ll hear British twee mixed in with some of the noisier pop elements of Pet Sounds. Then after you think you’ve got it all figured out, you’ll hear a song like “Shoney’s” which sounds like a new take on “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” as performed by Queen. Needless to say, I’m liking what I hear. You can download the new record digitally via Band Camp or on the Autobus Records website.
Download: Sleep Good – Shoneys [MP3]
Anyone looking for something fun to do with some great music on Saturday night should head out to Stubbs for a local show sponsored by Autobus Records, Birds Barbershop, Do512, and Covert Curiosity. The lineup features local favorites Brazos, Mark David Ashworth, The Weird Weeds, and one of my favorite new locals Sleep Good. The price is super cheap and apparently some free Lone Star will be coming out so you won’t want to miss this one. Below you’ll find a new MP3 from Austin artist Sleep Good which is basically a solo project from Will Patterson of Sunset. You can find more tunes and more info on this hot up and coming artist on the Autobus Records website.
Download: Sleep Good – Schlitterbahn [MP3]