Album Review: Haybaby – ‘Sleepy Kids’

Album Review: Haybaby – ‘Sleepy Kids’

Sleepy Kids
(Tiny Engines)

From the noise corners of Brooklyn, Haybaby have recorded their first album with lovable indie label, Tiny Engines. There’s plenty to say here – let’s start with blunt honesty… this is a really good album. So stop reading this now, and go get yourself a copy. Need more convincing?

Sleepy Kids is a sludge-grunge see saw, full of dynamic soft and loud battles, a hazy puff of ‘90s art-punk. Fuzzy pedal effects shuffle through the songs at their own pace, enjoying the ride. They fit right into a sweet spot between goofy, shy lyrics and smooth bass lines. Seemingly random strings twang from guitarist/ lead singer Leslie Hong like she’s experimenting as the recording tape rolls. Overall, it creates a warm inviting mood. It’s like watching a friend play music in the basement and realizing their creative chops. The shoe-gazey showcase is at its strongest during “Edelweiss.” True to Sonic Youth form, you’re slapped mid-chill by muscular, buzzy power chords.

Haybaby have also had their share of comparison to the Breeders. Hong’s lyrics on “Pizza Party” are girl-meets-boy personal prose, but always with quirky humor. The song begins with meeting over slices of pizza, but becomes a dissection of everything rapidly going weird, “I’m uncomfortable with the length of your hair … down there. I’m disappointed with the cut of your underwear.” It sounds like a romantic comedy in which the smallest of details are put under a microscope, never allowing true love to get by. I bet Matthew Mcconaughey would have been all over this if it were a film script ten years ago.

Sleepy Kids is chock full of tongue in cheeky humor. Even the way the album track listing begins is amiable—Track 1: “Old Friends,” a narrative on breakups. Track 2: “New Friends,” a sign of new hopes. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t summery Taylor Swift shit, it’s chunky, fluid riffage to get lost in. Again, really good. (Scott Murry)

Purchase Sleepy Kids here.


Summary: Hooky, chunky power chords sharing pizza sticks with your unabashedly quirky art school friends - 'Sleepy Kids' is buzzing bliss in my head.
- Scott Murry

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