Nap Eyes – Snapshot Of A Beginner [Review]

(Despite what we are dealing with at the moment. Do support them whatever you can!)
Nap Eyes released their fourth album called Snapshot Of A Beginner out on Royal Mountain Records/Jagjaguwar, in partnership with Paradise of Bachelors.
In the span of 8 years the band has evolved their sound becoming a band on its own with this new effort.
This is their most uplifting cohesive really-not-really stoner rock album!

About the album:
Almost all the songs of Nap Eyes are whittled into their final form from Chapman’s unspooling, 20-minute voice-and-guitar free-writing sessions. Each member, drummer Seamus Dalton; bassist Josh Salter or guitarist Brad Loughead then plays a crucial role in song development, composing around the idiosyncratic structures and directing the overall sound and feel of the songs.
Until now, that final song construction and recording has been mostly done live in a room.
But for Snapshot of a Beginner, the band went to The National’s neuvo-legendary upstate NY Long Pond Studio, working with producers Jonathan Low (Big Red Machine, The National) and James Elkington (Steve Gunn, Joan Shelley), the latter of whom also did pre-production arrangement work with the band.
It took Nap Eyes a long time and a long practice to reach this artistic zen, but one gets the feeling throughout Snapshot of a Beginner that this balance is going to hold.

Best tracks:
So Tired

Mark Zuckerberg

Mystery Calling

Fool Thinking Ways

Though I Wish I Could

Snapshot Of A Beginner gets:

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