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Explorative sounds from San Diego

By Sleeping People

Temporary Residence Ltd.: 2007

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This review first appeared in the Oct. 4, 2007 issue of the North County Times.

Explorative, often free-form instrumental rock that draws on everything from early Pink Floyd to Tool, King Crimson to Tangerine Dream, the second album from San Diego's Sleeping People is a sort of progressive art metal.

"Yellow Guy / Pink Eye" is a nice encapsulation of the band's sound, in that the twin guitars chase each other through alternatingly complex and simple lines, with a repetitive, almost monochromatic drum and bass line behind them, all of it combining to create a sort of modern-day equivalent of a trance song.

At times, the band gets a bit too out-there for simple listening and there aren't a lot of great melodies here – but for those who are into experimental and progressive sounds, "Growing" is a worthy and rewarding listen.