Sleep Cycle

Deakin - Sleep Cycle
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Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #78 / 926
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Based on 263 ratings
2016 Ratings: #82
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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.  

Under The Radar

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


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.

Deakin seriously needs to do more vocals on the next AnCo releases. This thing is just so beautiful throughout.
A hell of a lot better than Painting With. Deakin stayed inside the boundaries of good weird, which the rest of AnCo unfortunately failed to do this year.
Definitely the best solo album from an Animal Collective member yet, just wish it was longer and had less pointless interludes. (Shadow Mine, should have been a proper track like Golden Chords/Footy)
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
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Added on: April 6, 2016