Cork-based shoegazers Elastic Sleep are a welcome addition to an increasingly diverse and interesting Irish music scene. Their debut EP Leave You displays enough promise to suggest that this is a band worth keeping a close eye on in the future. Although their brand of ethereal Dream-pop owes a considerable debt to bands like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine, there are signs scattered across these six tracks that they could yet find their own unique path given enough time to develop. Opening track 'Leave You' is classic shoegaze – the dreamy vocals of Muireann Levis and the heavily effected guitars combine well on the records most melodic and instantly memorable track.
Chris Somers takes on the vocal duties on 'I Found Love', an altogether darker affair; the gloomy Post -punk guitars and strident chorus violently pulling us down to earth after such a dreamy opener. 'Deep and Blue' is where things get really interesting and offers a glimpse of a side of Elastic Sleep that sounds a whole lot less generic. Levis takes us floating through the ether as the band keep things nicely restrained, providing a more ambient sonic backdrop.
With 'Tzar Bomba (No More Tears)' we are back in more abrasive territory; the EP closes out on the light and airy 'Splish' and the dark fairytale that is 'Stay'. Leave You is an impressive opening statement from a band that have already shown that they can comfortably match the best that the new wave of shoegaze bands have to offer.
Given time, they will gain the confidence to take a few more risks with their sound and that's when their real potential will be realised.
Words: Paul Page