Escape into the Unknown on a Dragster Saddled Cruiser
by Katie Sauro
The past meets future with Tacoma-based Umber Sleepingís second album, released earlier this year on Space Rocker Records. Oft-compared to Kraftwerk, among others, the band fuses 70s psychedelic rock and strains of futuristic electronica, to create ethereal instrumentals that sound like a dream sequence straight out of an old sci-fi movie.
When Escape into the Unknown on a Dragster Saddled Cruiser was recorded, Umber Sleeping was a two-piece band, Peter Tietjen on drums and Chris Jones on keys. Mesmerizing keyboards, electric piano, and Moogs take center stage, while jazz-influenced drums roll underneath the occasionally-thrown-in distortion-filled vocals. The boys have since recruited James Jenkins from local faves Mama Loves Daddy on guitar, rounding out their sound.
Escape is a unique album that captures the bandís live sound perfectly with plenty of interesting musical twists and turns, its only downfall being that some of the songs drag a bit here and there. But otherwise, Umber Sleeping has created a solid album worth a listen.
Check out http://umbersleeping.com for more info.