Sleep ∞ Over | I Want to Be Alone (Cover)
Sleep ∞ Over’s (aka Stefanie Franciotti) style is a good fit for a song like Vashti Bunyan’s “I Want to Be Alone” (1965). Sleep ∞ Over is known for creating romantic dream-pop, with buried ghostly lead vocals and shoegaze instrumental elements that always feel like they’re in a state of beautiful disintegration. Yeah, I read Pitchfork/Fader writer Sam Hockley-Smith’s take on the track and couldn’t disagree more. He is correct about one thing, Sleep ∞ Over adds a slow-marching drum, the usual vocal distortions — along with horns and a bit of white noise. But far from being the worst thing ever (if you read Smith’s take), it’s a pretty decent cover version of a pretty single by a classic 60s artist. Sorry for the low-level rant. I don’t mean to call out another writer. I’m a fan of Pitchfork, so this post is nothing against them at all. And I’ve got no grind with Smith. But I do have a major pet-peeve with music reviewers: If you’re going to say a song isn’t good, then at least put enough effort into your post, so that it feels as if you’ve given adequate thought to what you’ve written. (If a person is gonna thrash a song, they should try to avoid appearing dashed-off — the immediate signs of which are misspellings and inaccurate pronouns.) Hey, I’m guilty of bad spelling and terrible grammar everyday, but I give extra-effort to get it right if I’m going negative on a song or record. Musicians put a lot of effort into creating songs (many no longer getting paid much for it, if at all), so as writers (especially of the paid variety) we should try to get our shit together when we write about their work. At the very least, we should get the gender of the artist right. Sleep ∞ Over fan’s will enjoy this track. The song is out on 7-inch via Hippos In Tanks. — David D. Robbins Jr.