Sleep Cycle

Deakin - Sleep Cycle
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #64 / 760
User Score
Based on 221 ratings
2016 Ratings: #51
April 8, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

What he’s presented us with, essentially, is the skeleton of Animal Collective’s fleeting creativity, stripped down to its roots, revealing that even at its rawest, purest form the music still has an instinctive grasp of sincere emotion and beauty.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Sleep Cycle is an album about confronting those doubts, about climbing that mountain without dwelling on earlier difficulties, or timeliness, or imperfections. It’s about realizing what you want.

85
Paste

One of the things that works so well on this six-song album is that it shaves away some of the psych rock of the parent band and lets the fragmentations remain.

83
Consequence of Sound

Unassuming and minimal in its execution with a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts, Sleep Cycle establishes itself as a captivating journey inwards towards a destination that’s as comforting as it is reaffirming.

80
No Ripcord

Sleep Cycle represents, and unintentionally so, a creative rebirth that goes against Animal Collective’s increasingly evanescent creativity. It took long enough, but the investment was worth it.

76
Pitchfork

It’s a short album—six songs, 33 minutes—but a substantial one, a deeply personal work that takes us inside the mind of Animal Collective’s most mysterious member, while restoring some of the patience and mystique that’s been sucked out of that band’s recent, more spasmodic work.  

75
Under The Radar

Organically composed and hovering in the astral, Sleep Cycle is an escape with the illusory contours of a dream.

70
AllMusic

The short album feels fluid and fragile, but highly focused, letting decades' worth of energy and life experiences elegantly flow through, occasionally building up to a few supremely joyous moments.

MarkCooper
86
This project by Animal Collective's Deakin/the sneaky deaky/Deakitikitavi/D-man/Deakmeister proves how essential an asset he is to Animal Collective's sound and songwriting. The last two efforts by the band didn't really have any heart. I think Sleep Cycle shows how crucial Deakin was to the wholesome sound AnCo had on its previous releases. This mini-album has more heart than anything I've heard by any members of the AnCo crew in the last 8 or 9 years. Good House is probably my favorite song ... read more
90
A much-needed breath of fresh air for the Animal Collective guys. The most refreshingly original and organically full-fledged release to come out of the band in years, the amount of time and love he put into developing this record shows. Hopefully we'll get more music in the near future to make up for the brief length of this album.
85
At its worst, it is a sonic enigma, veiling convention with mutilated sound and trading accessibility for technique and technique for atmosphere. Deakin might not be Mozart, but he modestly acknowledges that by compensating for his lack of classical compositional mastery with the utilization of aesthetically decadent cacophonies as a tool to transpose his emotions onto pieces that would essentially be banal compared to the technical brilliance of any number of classical composers; thankfully, ... read more
vas_y_vienes
78
Deakin logra capturar la frescura que hacía falta últimamente en el resto de proyectos relacionados a Animal Collective, banda que de por si es un punto aparte dentro de la música contemporánea.
95
All the time Deak spent working on this record shows. You can clearly hear the passion and care he put into every second of this record. This is the best album I've heard all year
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#30/Pretty Much Amazing
#47/No Ripcord

Track List

  1. Golden Chords
  2. Just Am
  3. Shadow Mine
  4. Footy
  5. Seed Song
  6. Good House
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