The debut album â€œCelabrasionâ€ from the new, young band Sleeper Agent is due out August 16 and is a definite summer must-have.
First track and first single, â€œGet it Daddyâ€ is a pumped up track that almost sounds like itâ€™s inspired by the White Stripes with its heavy drum and fast guitar riffs. This sound continues in â€œForce a Smile,â€ but includes a slow piano breakdown and eerie baritone vocals to complete the harmony.
The thing that really works with this band is the constant male/female vocal switchovers that resolve into soft harmonies. Tracks such as â€œShuga Caneâ€ and â€œâ€œProper Tasteâ€ embody this full sound and add a little bit of a different element that many bands with only one gender singers lack. The echo effect also keeps listeners entertained and free from monotone boredom.
â€œLove Bloodâ€ slows the tempo down and adds a reggae-ish feel. Lead singer Alex Kandelâ€™s voice is pure and strong, which is highlighted in the softer, acoustic beginning. Her soft crooning voice also especially stands out in the seventh track â€œThatâ€™s My Baby,â€ which provides a sweeter sound to the normally energized band.
Another thing that seems to work for this band is the power that they pack into their 3 minute average songs. â€œBottomed Outâ€ contains a catchy verse line, instrumentals that make you want to dance, and the perfect amount of vocal layering, all in its two and a half minutes. â€œGet Burnedâ€ is the perfect short and sweet band sing-a-long song that just keeps building in sound until it ends in a faded chorus.
The amount of fun this youthful Bowling Green, Kentucky band had making this album is present in â€œSome White Monsterâ€ and â€œBe My Monsterâ€ (As evident from Kandleâ€™s laughter and Tony Smithâ€™s joking tone, as well as the jungle break down in â€œBe My Monsterâ€). However, the amount of professionalism in their playful lyrics is the drive necessary to put the band on the charts.
â€œAll Wave and No Goodbyeâ€ is a sweet love song that shows that the band has a tender side. It also highlights the gentle qualities of Smithâ€™s voice, as he â€œoohsâ€ and â€œahhsâ€ in the background.
â€œFar and Wideâ€ is a good choice for a final track, since it combines all aspects of the album in a â€˜hereâ€™s where we standâ€™ conclusion.
Overall, Cage the Elephantâ€™s neighbors and tour mates provide a youthful kick in their considerably short songs. Though a new band, Sleeper Agent puts a lot on the table, providing fast beats and layered vocals.
1. Get It Daddy
2. Force A Smile
3. Shuga Cane
4. Love Blood
5. Bottomed Out
6. Proper Taste
7. Thatâ€™s My Baby
8. Get Burned
9. Some White Monster
10. Be My Monster
11. All Wave and No Goodbye
12. Far and Wide
Recommended Tracks: â€œBottomed Outâ€ and â€œGet it Daddyâ€