Written by: Jen Dan
El Paso, Texas-based indie rock band Sleepspent are making a name for themselves with their restless and atmospheric sound, acutely heartfelt lyrics, and emotive vocal flow from frontman and band founder Austin North.
Sleepspent have unleashed a long run of singles over the past couple of years, along with the release of their debut EP It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think in 2018, to growing media attention and critical and fan raves. They played SXSW this past March and also went on tour in April. Accolades have rolled in from music media including Substream Magazine, All Things Go, Pure Grain Audio, The Big Takeover, Stereo Embers Magazine, Rebel Noise, and Pop Dust.
The Record Stache is deeply pleased to host the premiere of Unstable, Sleepspent’s latest ear-catching single. The band recently pared down to a duo, with North still at the core, along with the outfit’s longtime drummer Josh Mendoza.
This time around, North and Mendoza get more experimental, moving into moody electronic and synths territory before blazing out with post-rock flair. Against a steady beat and ticking percussion, North’s vocodered voice floats dispassionately along with the starry-eyed electronic ambience, sporadic, sustained synths press, and bottom-end bass line groove.
North’s brooding rumination grows more emotional as the synths and guitars suddenly spark in the darkness, before dying down into glowing embers by the end of the track. This sonic exploration calls to mind the aesthetics of later Radiohead/Thom Yorke and Boards of Canada. North comments, “[This song is] more indicative of the style we’re trying to achieve in the music we’re working on right now. It starts to take the vulnerability and introspection that I’ve focused on in the past and supplement it with more ambitious music and perspectives that people will take from and want to hear.”