Album Review: (We Are Now )Seated In Profile by Half Asleep

Album Name: (We Are Now )Seated In Profile
Artist: Half Asleep
Year/Label: 2005 / Phantom Sound & Vision (and Unique Records, France)

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

At first, Half Asleep seems to be an all too apt name. Gradually the band’s finely woven arrangements start to make themselves known. The minimal accompaniment and the singer’s siren voice make the music work. It’s easy to compare them to Low and Red House Painters.

“1/4” is an especially gorgeous song, the piano and strings weaving a spell.

“Marie 1 and Marie II” is a soft hush of a song, Valerie Leclerq’s singing like a softer Nico.

“Fourteen Footprints: So You’ve Changed Your Mind” is a celestial hum of a song. Valerie’s barely audible, but her presence is strong.

“Morning Dust Soon” is a neat folksy song with lovely harmonies.

Half Asleep may lull you into sleep, but the dreams will be sweet.

Posted on February 3, 2006

Track Listing
1. We Used To Fear Your Voice (And The Drilling Machine)
2. Un Quart
3. D’invisibles Courtisants
4. Marie1 & Marie 2
5. Fourteen Footprints : So You Changed Your Mind
6. Microwaves
7. Searching The Pavement
8. I’m Watchin’ Tv/Tv’s Watchin’ Me
9. Morning Dust Soon
10. Fingers Are Forks
11. La Fin De L’inertie A Pretty Bee

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