Norwegian indie darlings Sløtface have just unleashed their latest EP, AWAKE/ASLEEP, and it’s an eclectic mix of musical styles and influences.
A testament to their ever-evolving sound, AWAKE/ASLEEP out now via Propeller Recordings / Virgin Music Australia features seven tracks that capture the band’s dynamic range and diverse approach to songwriting.
Written by lead vocalist Haley Shea in collaboration with Mikhael Paskalev, Odd Martin Skålnes, and Simen Følstad Nielsen, the EP is a sonic journey that takes listeners on a wild ride through the highs and lows of the human experience. And with the help of live band members Tobias Maxwell Osland, Marie Moe, and Nils and Jørgen Nilsen, the songs take on an added depth and complexity that is sure to captivate audiences.
According to Shea, the EP is all about showcasing the band’s range and versatility. “We wanted this EP to show range, differences and to feel dynamic, open, and to continuously change as you listen to the whole thing,” she explains. “We want there to be room for Sløtface to change and develop for years to come, especially in its new collective form, and this EP is the first toe-dipping into exploring what that can sound like, and what mixing a bunch of different collaborators and working methods can result in.”
Thematically, the EP is an exploration of joy and happiness, and the obstacles that stand in the way of those states. From the raw emotion of “Come Hell or Whatever” and “Beta” to the more lighthearted escapism of “Friday Nights,” “Cowboys In The Dark,” and “Indoor Kid,” the songs offer a multifaceted glimpse into the band’s creative process and unique perspective on life.
All in all, AWAKE/ASLEEP is a triumph for Sløtface, showcasing their ability to push boundaries and experiment with new sounds while staying true to their roots. It’s a must-listen for fans of indie rock and anyone looking for music that is both heartfelt and forward-thinking.
AWAKE / ASLEEP Out now via Propeller Recordings / Virgin Music Australia