The louder, more energetic tracks are the one's that truly capture your imagination. "In Came the Flood" features a "Heroes"-like guitar line and a strong tumbling beat. "Resuscitate" wraps up with a spit-shined Sonic Youth-esque experimental journey. That's repeated throughout the cacophonous "Unzipper".
Wintersleep strike a sweet balance on "Rapture". It's a slick pop rock number with just a hint of fuzz to make it more sophisticated. "Nothing Is Anything (Without You)" comes close as well. Starting as a rather run-of-the-mill modern rock ballad, it builds and builds momentum and tension until they loose control.
The most novel track is "Someone-Somehwere". Beginning as a trippy doo-wop number, the songs sails off into the horizon as it morphs into a futuristic sock hop.
Hello Hum is not a perfect record however (very few are). The mid-tempo "Permanent Sigh" never fully realizes the potential of its grinding beat. "Saving Song" is gauzy and dull, while the album closer "Smoke" is a pleasant melody, but pedestrian in pace.
Wintersleep play Lee's Palace in Toronto on June 12th.
Best tracks: "Resuscitate", "Unzipper"
Track listing for Hello Hum:
- In Came the Flood
- Nothing Is Anything (Without You)
- Permanent Sigh
- Saving Song