Reviewed by Meghan Player
Brisbane 5-piece The Art Of Sleeping are currently winning hearts and minds across the country with their indie/folk sound. Two flawless singles later, the quintet have recently released a small collective of their work via EP, ‘Like A Thief‘.
Beginning with the ambient, Sunday afternoon sound-scape of ‘Empty Hands‘ – the EP is a mere sample of what this band can achieve in the future. The simplistic lyrics are met with dramatic and stirring melodies that combine wonderfully into an infectious chorus.
‘Shoulders‘ continues the momentum of the opening track, with a sound that instantly screams ‘summer’. The sonic guitar melodies are on display once again, beautifully complimenting the striking vocals of frontman Caleb Hodges.
The almost-acoustic driven title track ‘Like A Thief‘ builds elegantly into a controlled, anthemic chorus that’s enough to warm your heart – while most recent single ‘Above The Water‘ drives the overwhelming heartwarming and pleasant melodies into sheer bliss.
Closer ‘One Hundred Thousand‘ provides a fitting end – with the sound shifting down a more mellow path. Lyrically, the track follows the previous offerings ‘theme’ – relying on the simple happenings and feelings of every person, to create a gorgeous and relatable experience for any listener.
Overall, ‘Like A Thief’ is a stunning debut EP from a band that is still growing into its own. The command of style and melody is beautifully presented by the Brisbane 5-piece – demonstrating a knowledge and appreciation far beyond their years. Fittingly, as the Australian summer begins and the festival season kicks in, this track will no doubt be on high rotation for the warmer months. Definitely a band to keep your eyes on.