"To Sleep and Love" CD
Series Two Records
Genre: bedroom pop, lo-fi
June 22, 2009
You know the drill. Strummed acoustic
guitars, friendly male vocals, utilitarian rhythm section – plus
some occasional keys and bass when friends
are willing to help out. This is, by and large, the work of Klas,
a cheery pop songsmith with an eye for simple, catchy compositions.
To Sleep and Love's tracks are light and airy, each adorned with a
set of hooks that ensures recognition, but
doesn't necessarily make the record a
thoroughly memorable affair. Thus, this album is a pleasant excursion
into Klas' world, but it may not see you coming back time after
time. Ultimately, the truly infectious pop songs ("The Canaries,"
"Honda Civic") are outnumbered by the less tent tracks ("Fine Time,"
"Nightswimming," "An Eyeball of Love"). Klas' quirky lyrics
salvage the tracks to some degree, although
this will likely appeal primarily to the
truly devoted bedroom pop enthusiasts. Calibrate your expectations
[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by
released April 2008]