Every song by Inspired & the Sleep sounds like a meta making of vignette of that same track. At points you feel like you’re listening to the germinal sonics songwriter Max Greenhalgh initially had in his head for the song. Then it’s like you’re hearing the rawest moments of recording and the next thing you know you get the sense you’re looking over his shoulder as he experiments with effects on his laptop. Suddenly you’re listening to a hearty live performance of the tune that somehow leaves you encompassing the streamlined conceptual space of the song somewhere between a music video and a dream. The behind-the-scenes music of San Diego’s Inspired & the Sleep is both big and small, building and deconstructing, ramshackle and refined. These paradoxical traits seem to be inherent in an act that bills itself as both a band and solo-endeavor. It’s appropriate considering the journey his lovely lo-fi pop takes you on that Max Greenhalgh would send us a top ten list of the best songs to listen to while on tour. See Inspired & the Sleep’s TenYouUs Top 10 below:
Another in a series of poems written while working in my lifeguard tower. No specific purpose, but it may be a song one day:
A shy girl stuck in her head. A cold lie and the void begins to pry. With a dark past left unexplained. You’re a small girl with an overactive brain.
She left her blanket by the passenger door. I called out, but it was intentionally left for more. Of what? I’m not sure.
A weekend of drugs and canned energy. Spotted by glimpses of fear and insecurity. You’ll be the grandma stitching in her chair. I’ll be the zookeeper trying to show that I care. This event is solely based on substances. And I’ll try to kiss you under the circumstances. Cause I’d rather know before I’m a friend. Or at least that’s the message the fungi sends.