"You tell me what’s wrong
But what’s right?
You’re seeing creation
That crushing never ending change is so full of love"
These words can completely sum up my vision of life, past, future and the present that I have to endure with things as beautiful as the 6 songs included in 'Sleep Cycle'. I owe too many things to this album that I never thought I could owe to anyone or anything. One of them, and the main one, is to open my eyes and put aside all kinds of stupid prejudice that excluded me from so many emotions and experiences in the course of my youth. Up until this point you can deduce the reason why this album did it: Until a year ago I thought that Deakin was only a manikin that played with Panda Bear, Avey and Geologist, that did not contribute anything in the composition of the songs in Animal Collective. Thank you for making me see the opposite.
Before I end up saying my credit card number, I'll leave out all sorts of sentimentality to describe the content of Deakin's debut album in the purest form possible.
To reproduce this majesty you find 'Golden Chords', a solemn song that could be said that the central theme is existentialism, to stop believing in superstitions, fears and to leave aside the questions that do not take you anywhere and only make you forget the true meaning of your existence: be happy and find love —which the song mentions that not necessarily that of a couple—. As far as the musical part is concerned, this song is driven by an acoustic guitar base that reminds me —and makes me miss— the Animal Collective's Freak Folk facet, just as fresh as with the passing of the fierce enemy of humanity, the time.
Immediately afterwards it follows that for my taste is the centerpiece of the album —but not the best— 'Just Am', whose meaning may be ambiguous, but I consider it to be about deviating from the road and not knowing how to take it back, but through self-improvement you can find the exit. Musically it's a strange mix of neo-psychedelia with progressive pop dyes and drone flashes that are found all around the album.
'Shadow Mine' is an interlude class that although its existence is not necessary, is grateful, because after 'Just Am' you don't know what is next, you find yourself stunned. And the best part comes right away, 'Footy'. In the purest style of the most heavy part of Animal Collective —clear characteristic of Deakin and the albums in which he has contributed— and with lead vocals that in some cases come to sound like Roger Waters, form a heavy song but without going to excess. I do not know, I consider it perfect for my expectations.
At the point of reaching 'Seed Song' you are so astonished by the excess of psychedelia that all you want is a short pause to recapitulate and understand everything that has happened so far, so that's just what you get: a song without lyrics and big surprises. Another interlude, although this time is fully justified.
When I got to 'Good House' I knew that 'Sleep Cycle' and its creator had reached the depths of my being.
"Breathe in without
Breathe in with all
Spit out all that rage
You're safe now, do not fight
Your body's engaged
Just flow and get right
Like following angels
You're following angels "
I don't need to say more, the latter do it for me.
A pity that he did not decide to take 'Country Report' and touch it up, because Panda Bear took 'The Preakness' and included it in 'Tomboy'. It would have given the duration and quality to this album to be a true masterpiece.
Favorite tracks: All of them