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Alternative & Indie - Released March 27, 2020 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 5, 2016 | Paradise of Bachelors

Nova Scotian indie quartet Nap Eyes return with Thought Rock Fish Scale, a thoughtfully distilled companion piece to their 2015 debut, Whine of the Mystic. As with its predecessor, the LP was recorded live to tape with no overdubs, further cementing Nap Eyes' transparent methodology that places songwriting and performance above all else. There is nothing flashy or dramatic about their brand of rock, which has been compared to acts like Bedhead, the Go-Betweens, and most frequently the Velvet Underground, but their spare guitar meditations and the lyrical acuity of frontman and songwriter Nigel Chapman reveal many hidden layers to discover. On the surface, there is an immediate continuity with their debut, but a closer listen suggests this second chapter is a much more understated and spatial affair. The simplicity of a track like "Stargazer," with its pleasingly laid-back refrain, belies the rigorous self-examinations contained within, and that's a big part of Thought Rock Fish Scale's charm. It's a windows-down day-tripper with a meandering, introspective heart that's as dark, light, and inviting as the northerly Maritime Province where it was made. Captured in a somewhat dry, small-roomed fidelity, the band cruises along amiably on low-key rockers like "Click Clack" and the catchy "Roll It," stretching out appropriately on the slowly unfurling emotional highlight "Alaskan Shake." The performances are unfussy and cohesive, lending a gentle backbone to Chapman's dryly delivered intonations as together they meld poetry, guitars, and rhythms into their late-afternoon mix. With this sophomore record, Nap Eyes offer a subtle gem that ultimately improves on their debut. © Timothy Monger /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 10, 2015 | Paradise of Bachelors

On their debut album Whine of the Mystic, Canadian quartet Nap Eyes straddle the line between scrappy, dusty Americana songcraft and rambling Velvet Underground-inspired indie rock built on flashing guitars and songwriter Nigel Chapman's drawled vocals. Alternating between long, happily meandering tracks that allow the band to stretch out and the guitars to dance around each other and short, snappy songs that deliver neat, easy-to-digest hooks, the album really takes off when they blend the two approaches into something murkily catchy. The opening "Dark Creedence" starts the album off on a high point with darkly chiming guitars, insistent drums, and a vocal melody that twists and turns; "No Fear of Hellfire" ends it with a steadily driving beat, tremolo-heavy guitars, and some laconically appealing singing from Chapman. His voice throughout the record is one of the strong points, delivering his words with a knowing, slightly fuzzy feel as if he were a professor giving a lecture in front of a class. The approach is usually a good one; it only falters when the music falls back on musical clichés, like it does on the country ballad "Make Something." It really works on the uptempo tracks, where it sounds like he's scrambling to keep up with the galloping rhythms and whip-smart guitars. Check "No Man Needs to Care" for a fine example of this. Whine of the Mystic is a fine debut from a band with a lot of ideas and a songwriter with a unique point of view. A little fine-tuning here and a couple tweaks there and the follow-up might really be something special. Until then, Nap Eyes are solidly promising and that's a good start. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Folk/Americana - Released March 9, 2018 | Paradise of Bachelors

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With their third record, I'm Bad Now, Canadian indie quartet Nap Eyes complete what they refer to as an informal trilogy of releases that began with 2014's Whine of the Mystic. That curious debut introduced the vision of frontman and chief songwriter Nigel Chapman, whose cerebral introspections were woven into a lazy lattice of sparsely arranged, low-key rock that drew inevitable Velvet Underground comparisons. The philosophical songcraft and the members' musical chemistry deepened with 2016's finely honed sequel, Thought Rock Fish Scale, further establishing their singularity. Three albums in, it seems no longer fair to compare Chapman's laconically sung, bookish verses to the streetwise urban poetry of Lou Reed. With this excellent third LP, Nap Eyes' identity as guitar-slinging bard-scholars of Eastern Canada is sealed. Originally based in Halifax, Chapman is now the band's sole Maritime resident, with lead guitarist Brad Loughead, bassist Josh Salter, and drummer Seamus Dalton having migrated westward to Montreal, where this set was recorded. Like their other releases, I'm Bad Now is very much a live record full of human interactions and spontaneous musical conversations, shambling at times, then coalescing into sections of streamlined glory. Out of the gate, Nap Eyes offer one of the album's gems in the easy-grooving "Every Time the Feeling," with its refrain of "I can't tell what's worse: the meaningless or the negative meaning/But I figured out a way to get on with my life and to keep on dreaming." It's a keen setup to Chapman's worldview and Nap Eyes' tone in general as they pose questions, offer answers, and examine abstract behaviors. Chapman frequently addresses himself in the second person, directly confronting his attitudes on subjects both expansive and minute. When he receives a bouquet of roses on "Roses," he asks "You can't very well send them back the other way/You're always trying to be nice, but is it really the right way?" The sweetly pastoral "Follow Me Down" offers a meditation on walking, while the acoustic "Boats Appear" romanticizes his coastal Atlantic hometown. I'm Bad Now may be billed as a closing chapter in their first act, but Nap Eyes give the feeling that their narrative will continue on indefinitely. © Timothy Monger /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 19, 2020 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 21, 2020 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 10, 2020 | Jagjaguwar

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 9, 2020 | Jagjaguwar

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Folk/Americana - Released February 13, 2018 | Paradise of Bachelors

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Folk/Americana - Released November 2, 2018 | Paradise of Bachelors

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Folk/Americana - Released February 27, 2018 | Paradise of Bachelors

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Folk/Americana - Released January 11, 2018 | Paradise of Bachelors

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 25, 2016 | Paradise of Bachelors

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 6, 2016 | Paradise of Bachelors

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 17, 2015 | Paradise of Bachelors

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 20, 2015 | Paradise of Bachelors