For all fans of The Album Leaf, Mice Parade, múm, Sigur Rós and Her Space Holiday!!
The newcomer that listeners of avant-pop, electronica, and post-rock music have been waiting for, will finally release their debut album on 15 April, 2014!! Don't miss the incredible debut album 'Slowly Better' from the Tokyo-based band 'Oversleep Excuse' featuring a steelpan and made up of American, British, and Japanese musicians.
Their compositions have a special beauty often heard in Nordic music: close your eyes and feel like you are walking in the air. Yet the standout feature of their music is the use of a steelpan, the musical instrument originating from Trinidad, which they use to bring a unique dimension to their songs and have created their own signature sound. Once you listen to Oversleep Excuse's music, the bitter‐sweet soundscape shall come into your heart!! The mixed musicality of each member's home country and the gentle voice of the vocalist Matthew Guay, also consolidate their originality.
The fantastically catchy melody of the opener track 'Slowly Better' raises the curtain of the album with an impressive piano riff. This is followed by 'Bar Mescalito', with an upbeat, straightforward electric guitar-driven sound also heard in 'It's Alright', ballads such as 'Hope Is Always Somewhere' and 'Sad Song'. Later there are several vocal-less electronica tracks such as 'Midnight on the Highway'. All the songs are masterpieces and symbols for Oversleep Excuse's broad talents!!
Also, please don't miss the lovely artwork by illustrator, Hanako Clulow.
released April 15, 2014
produced by Oversleep Excuse / Ricco Label
all tracks composed by Matthew Guay, Adam Gyenes, Kazumoto Shoji, Mami Matsuzaka
Matthew Guay : Vocals, Guitar, Steel pan, Drums
Adam Gyenes : Guitar, Drums, Kalimba, Steel Pan, Omnichord
Kazumoto Shoji : Bass
Mami Matsuzaka : Drums, Keyboards, Piano, Steel pan
Ryogo Kobata : Violin
Jonny Chinchen : Flute
All songs recorded and mixed by Adam Gyenes and Oversleep Excuse, except tracks 3 & 7 recorded and mixed by Allon Beausoleil
Additional mixing assistance from Allon Beausoleil
Tracks 1, 4, 6, 9, 12 mastered by Gregg Janman at Hermetech Mastering
Tracks 2, 5, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14 Mastered by Tsubasa Yamazaki at Bernie Grundman Mastering Tokyo
Tracks 3 & 7 Mastered by Allon Beausoleil
Post Mastered by Takahiro Kido, KASHIWA Daisuke
Illustration by Hanako Clulow
Art Direction and Design by Takahiro Kido