Gloom Sleeper - Luminous Galaxies - LP
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Gloom Sleeper - Luminous Galaxies - LP

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Gloom Sleeper return to the fray with a mighty sophomore album – a manic
collision of driving pop melodicism, post-punk sang-froid and four-to-the-floor
garage rock energy.

Funny word, ‘sophomore’. It’s used as a fancy way of saying ‘second’ –
sophomore movie, sophomore record – although you’ll never catch anyone
completing a foot race and commenting, ‘yeah, I came in sophomore place.’
That’s ‘cause it only makes sense when you recognise that it describes a position
on a learning curve – and on this follow-up to Gloom Sleeper’s 2016 debut A Void,
it’s plain to see that the Bielefeld band are learning fast.

Physically they’re in Germany, but their hearts are scattered all over the place:
Macclesfield, where they’ve absorbed the raw gothic clatter of proto-Joy
Divisionists Warsaw; Notting Hill, where the darkling shimmer of Killing Joke
somehow found its way into the world; Manchester with the rawness of The
Sound‘s early works and finally Portland, Oregon with its classics like Wipers and
today‘s Estranged... plus all manner of other US punk rock hotspots (New York,
Detroit, Cleveland, you name it) dribble into the music like blood into water.
They’re at their best when the strands unfurl across each other, like when the
shredded-nerve guitars of City of Unrest soft-fade into a tense, crystalline synth
finale. Meanwhile out-and-out rock’n’roll cuts like Perceptions and He Smiles prod
and poke at your punk rock heart, daring you to reach into their sweaty embrace
while simultaneously keeping you at a distance with a foreboding stare and an
outstretched arm.

Cold always feels warm once you’ve acclimatised, of course, and these are songs
you’ll wanna get inside – if they don’t get inside you first. Essentially, Luminous
Galaxies is a stunning leap forward. The best bit? Oh, just the creeping suspicion
that there’s even better to come... but for now, this is a mighty fine place to
start. - Will Fitzpatrick

Out in April 2018 on Per Koro Records in Europe and Dirt Cult Records in the
United States.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tobias Schwarz at RAMA Tonstudio in
Mannheim.

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