Creatures is more collected and mature than it’s predecessor, with singer, John Lally, showing more confidence in his vocals.
The second release of Sleep Therapy’s four part EP binge came about six months after Dirty City Swans. Creatures is far darker and heavier than it’s predecessor. Overall, the entire album is more collected and mature, with singer, John Lally, showing more confidence in his vocals.
The title track opens the albums with piercing guitars that slide into an entrancing tremolo. The vocals and lyrics are dark and surreal, helping lead the listener into the dream state this album takes you towards. The placement of this song is perfect as “Creatures” is meant to set the stage for this darker, more phantasmic sound.
While the lead into second track, “This is Power” falls apart a bit, the song itself does not. “This is Power” is the most traditional rock driven song on the between the two EPs, making the track the most likely single.
“Suns” combines the surrealism of “Creatures” with the tones we heard on Dirt City Swans.
For myself, third track, “Suns,” is the stand out on the album. While not generally attracting the media attention like “This is Power” and “Matriarch”, I find “Suns” a heavy powerhouse of a song. I never skip on this album, it combines the surrealism of “Creatures” with the tones we heard on Dirt City Swans. “Suns” is where the vocalist reminds me of the dream pop of the eighties. John Lally’s vocals contains tones that are more deep and interesting than what he showed in Dirt City Swans.
Sleep Therapy finishes up this offering with the more experimental, “Matriarch,” with an uncomfortable eeriness following throughout the song. At around the half-way mark, Sleep Therapy creates a wall of sound, making “Matriarch” the noisiest the group gets on the two new albums. After the crescendo, the song slowly drones and fades away to a series of peaceful chirps and shrieks and finally into nothingness.
Sleep Therapy successfully carries on in their collective series, maturing their sound in the process. Creatures is more interesting and unique than Dirt City Swans. Hopefully, they will continue this trend with the remaining two pieces of this work of art. (8.5/10)
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