SLEEP THIEVES You Want the Night Minty Fresh Records ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAUREN MUR­PHY

A change is as good as a rest, eh? Sleep Thieves are proof pos­i­tive of that old chest­nut. Af­ter a shake-up in per­son­nel, the Dublin elec­tro-pop trio are in more sure-footed ter­ri­tory af­ter a hes­i­tant be­gin­ning with 2011’s Heart Waves. Their sec­ond al­bum un­doubt­edly draws par­al­lels with acts such as The Knife, es­pe­cially on the ex­cel­lent Oceans, where Sor­cha Bren­nan’s icy vo­cals beau­ti­fully coun­ter­bal­ance Wayne Fahy’s de­monic recita­tions. Glit­ter­ing synths pierce the grime on the slow-build­ing drift of City of Hearts be­fore Sparks jolts you out of your reverie with a pul­sat­ing, cin­e­matic dance­floor filler. All in all, it sounds like Sleep Thieves have put a lot of thought into cre­at­ing an eerie night-time at­mos­phere. The re­sult is a fine elec­tron­ica al­bum with many mys­ter­ies to de­crypt. sleep

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