With their third album, Brooklyn duo The Big Sleep (not to be confused with the short-lived early-'70s band Big Sleep) step away from working as a largely instrumental band toward a head-on stance with vocals at the fore. They are clearly ready for their close-ups..
Singer/guitarist Danny Barria must be feigning modesty when he announces “We’re gonna try and work it out” on the opening track of Nature Experiments, the third LP from Brooklyn rock duo the Big Sleep. Contrary to the album’s title, there is nothing clumsy or half-assed about the following 10 tracks—even if they are stylistically schizophrenic compared to the band’s 2008 LP, Sleep Forever. Stripped of filler and coalesced by the ever tighter chemistry of singer/bassist Sonya Balchandani’s silk-ribbon voice and Barria’s barbed-wire fret work, Nature Experiments is 35 minutes of purely produced, carefully cultivated, unmercifully neck-straining ____-rock (fill in the blank with “prog,” “post,” “psych,” “alt,” “jock” or “other” depending on which track you’re listening to).