With a safe but boundary-pushing rhythm and harmony, Sir Sly doesn’t surprise anyone when they say they hail from Los Angeles. Lead singer Landon Jacobs, accompanying artists Jason Suwito (a.k.a. Raeko) and Hayden Coplen, make up this group of boundless talent. Much as other bands like Car Seat Headrest, Sir Sly has proven how dangerous they are with their talents. From the get go they established their ability to top charts and make the crowd-pleasing pop hit. “Gold” was released in 2013 and found a chord in popular media being featured in numerous commercials as well as landing 27 on US Alt. charts.
Being the band’s first EP, most would agree this was an impressive first impression. The next year the group dropped the first of two albums loaded to the brim with rhythms that infect your brain for weeks. You Haunt Me was released in 2014 on Interscope Records, finding some very comfortable spots on top 100 lists. Following Don’t You Worry, Honey, Sir Sly went off on several tours around the states and beyond. This lead to the group stopping in New York for the prestigious Governors Ball. This album, often abbreviated as DYWH, hit the scene almost one year ago
Mainly consisting of electronic-heavy base lines and melodies, the odd Bass and mainly Jacobs’ voice hypnotically sway the listener like a gentle wave. Definitely leaning more towards the electronic side as a feel, there’s nothing typical about the music they make. This album walks the line from a mix tape feel, to a cohesive ballad of love and loss.
The themes in this record reflect a familiar script of falling out of love with someone you idolized, dealing with the thoughts of inadequacy and blame, and a very touching piece at the end that pays tribute to the loss of his mother. Song to song, the mood changes drastically, almost as if the character is having mood swings or going through the stages of grief. There are songs for when you are sad, there are ones for when you are happy. This album really does an excellent job of capturing life and the feelings we don’t like to talk about without being overly emotional.
The Vinyl itself isn’t really anything special. The main point of pressing it on vinyl wasn’t to show off. The pressing is a good quality, don’t get me wrong; However, as you will notice this month none of the vinyl is especially premium. The art is everything it needs to be and nothing more. In some cases a minimalist design is appreciated, but here it makes the experience feel discount of not what it could be.
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