MAN IN GRAY
I CAN'T SLEEP UNLESS I HEAR YOU BREATHING
Despite constantly getting lumped into the Brooklyn hipster pile (which is kind of a backwards complement to these folks in all seriousness), Man In Gray's razor sharp indie rock guitarwork and blissful noise rock detours set this resilient NYC outfit light years ahead of their peers while helping to excavate this quintet from the rest of the self-important pack's avalanche with the quickness. I CAN'T SLEEP UNLESS I HEAR YOU BREATHING is this female-fronted unit's latest exercise in punk-spirited, multi-influenced rawk, a 11-track affair whose atmospheric post-punk and swirling melodic overtones would remind you of Sonic Youth going toe to toe with The Pretenders on cuts like the sinewy "Stranded", the diminishing "Commodity 2", or the stoned shoegazing vibe radiated from "Fault Lines". Fortified with their not-so-secret weapon vocalist Tina DaCosta, whose powerful presence and undeniable pipes assist the twin guitar freakouts on "Bad Mood" and stand on their own convincingly on "Sleeping", ICSUIHYB engages the listener with this group's dazzling array of danceable discord and well-textured dissonance.