Thought Rock Fish Scale
Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #583 / 754
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2016 Ratings: #335
Your Review


Drowned in Sound

Thought Rock Fish Scale is one of the most enjoyable and insightful albums released this year so far.

With this sophomore record, Nap Eyes offer a subtle gem that ultimately improves on their debut.
While it wields a lighter touch, it strikes a deeper chord, by placing Chapman’s richly detailed ruminations front and center, and cutting the jammed-out clutter.
NOW Magazine
The songs are simple, but Nap Eyes always inject small surprises into them, like clever guitar melodies or tempo changes.
As pleasurable as everything about Nap Eyes music is, it’s also challenging, provocative.
No Ripcord

Chapman never obscures his words, as they’re always front and center and ripe for some further examining, putting forth a refreshingly vulnerable songwriter whose arid, though endlessly sagacious observations could exist in your parents’ favorite classic rock AM station.


Where they provided a propulsive force on Whine of the Mystic that complemented Nigel Chapman's introspective drawl, the lack of instrumental weight causes Thought Rock Fish Scale's pleasant rock tracks to breeze by without making much impact.

Whilst the debut was pronounced as a ‘dark, drunken night’, the follow up sounds not so much a wind down after the night before but more of a downright lazy struggle even to get out of bed.
The Skinny

Thought Rock Fish Scale arrives wholesome and homely rather than exciting or challenging, as if missing the lights of the big city.

Aug 18, 2016
A complete grower not a shower. At its release, Nap Eyes' sophomore effort sort of let me cold for how low-key it felt compared to their debut, but as the months went on, a sudden urge to revisit the lonely, hometown vibes strangely appeared and simply would not fade away. The band's style is still nothing at all to write home about, but their method of lacing slacker-ish instrumentation with insightfully, straight lyricism is both oddly provocative and addictive. Another solid case of ... read more
Aug 3, 2016
the instrumentation is odd enough to keep your attention, but the sound is cozy and makes for a tasteful nostalgia-laced callback to lou reed's quieter moments. of course, this does mean thought rock fish scale stands to be far more interesting than it actually is.

best tracks: mixer / stargazer / roll it
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Added on: November 16, 2015