Walking Sleep used to be called The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra. So if a couple years ago I told you to listen to them, this is what you should be listening to now. Their first full-length album, “Measures,” came out May 25, 2010 and after listening to it I can proudly confirm that I’m still a big fan.
It’s hard to listen to Walking Sleep without thinking about how they’ve changed since their release, “Escapements” as The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra. I love that EP and I listened to it constantly when I first got it, and I’ve got a feeling that’s going to happen with “Measures” too! Walking Sleep has grown and evolved; the vocal harmonies and fantastic pop orchestration are still there, but there’s a greater darkness under the upbeat songs in “Measures.”
“Arso” takes the male/female vocal harmonies that I love so much and expands them out, to grand vocals from many more voices, juxtaposed with dramatic strings, leaving me with a song that I adore. “In A Dream” and “Don’t Be Fooled” appeared on “Escapements” but are a lot more sinister and twisted now, definite improvements upon what was already solid. Walking Sleep also dishes out sublime pop songs in “What We Forgot” and the absolutely perfect “Shake The Cold.” Hunter Curra’s voice is dreamy, and it sounds great with Sara Radle’s lovely voice.
I love the direction Walking Sleep is going, and I’m ecstatic over their growth in “Measures.” Pick up the record and go see them play this summer, you’ll be glad you did.
Check out the photos we shot of Walking Sleep at the Silver Lake Jubilee here!
Words: Roxy Roknian