If pressing play on “Tell ‘Em” (above) causes instantÂ repulsion then Sleigh Bells are not for you. However, if even one tiny little part of your brain is intrigued or moved by these face melting (see victims at right) sonic blasts then stay with me and hold on tight. When Sleigh Bells first ripped onto the interwebs late last year I was by no means amused. It just sound like loud for loud’s sake. Well shit, I still don’t know why, but now know I am into this business. I stewed on first album leak “Tell ‘Em” for a while and now that their debut Treats is out I have been letting it pound my ears in pleasure as I slowly come to terms with how great these jams. “Tell ‘Em” opens like a national anthem fighting with a jackhammer-possessedÂ drum machine Â and the rest of the album follows suit as it brilliantly blends hyper-crunched beats, distorted samples, and delicate female vocals. It’s like how I would imagine top 40 radio sounding in some future dystopianuniverse.
“Rill Rill” is the album’s calmest moment and fits the best with the album’s cover art as Alexis Krauss sings about friends and trends over a great Funkadelic sample. Don’t get lulled too deep though ’cause next on the album is the epic “Crown On The Ground” which stomps and shreds so hard that you will think your speakers are blown out. They aren’t. Well not yet anyway, although if you are enjoying this music at the appropriately extreme volume then they soon will be. Get started now byÂ giving theÂ whole album a listen!
“Beach Girls” isn’t on the album butÂ is an early demo from last years 2HELLWU CDR and gives a good sense of how early in the game Sleigh Bells had formed their sound. On a completely different note, is anyone else hearing that guitar fromÂ Django Django’s “WOR” in “A/B Machines”? Either way, it sounds good to me!
UPDATE: “Beach Girls” has actually been reworked and is on the album as “Kids.” An understandable mistake. Maybe.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2010/05/sleighbells-treats.jpeg608608Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2010-05-26 23:28:562010-06-05 16:51:13SLEIGH BELLS TELL it hard and sweet and ya gotta love 'EM for it