Sunday, December 25, 2011

Introducing: Happy Particles - Under Sleeping Waves

Giving birth to an album on Christmas Day is, to say the least, a bold move from a marketing standpoint. But props to Glasgow's Happy Particles audacity for releasing Under Sleeping Waves today. (For those prompted to wonder about my audacity, or lack of a life, I will note that this post was filed a couple of days ago, and I'll be sleeping when it appears on the internet and then skiing while you wonder why Aunt Martha is still presents polka dot ties to all the males every year.)

Happy Particles' component particles are Gordon Farquhar (drums, percussion), Al Doherty (guitar, bass), Steven Kane (guitar, vocals, laptop, piano, glockenspiel), Graeme Ronald (bass), Ricky Egan (guitar), and James Swinburne (rhodes piano, saxophone). Their music is a surprisingly pleasing combination of indie pop and Sigur Rós-style experimental pop. If I was required to pick only one genre tag, it probably would be shoegaze, but after listening to the album, that description seems inadequate.

Certain tracks of Under Sleeping Wave are available to stream here:

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