Irish Band Of The Week – Beauty Sleep
So, did everyone manage to survive Electric Picnic? Allow us to gently ease you into a week of recovery with the eclectic sounds of Beauty Sleep, our Irish Band of the Week. Fresh from their appearance at Electric Picnic on Sunday, the trio of fuzzy-dream pop are helping to shape an emerging pattern of Belfast being a hotspot for some of the most formidable music bands; including Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club, General Fiasco, to name but a few. But hailing from such an array of wonderful musicians is a double-edged sword in yourself as sometimes it can be difficult to shake that element of succession but Beauty Sleep seem to be already blurring the lines and forcing the mould. Their sounds are deliciously warm to the ear, enveloping you in dreamily delicate synths and super fuzzy bass.
Impressively, Beauty Sleep only began their musical journey in January 2016. The band was born at a local house party as the three musicians competitively began spelling swear words via the trusty medium of fridge magnets. Comprised of Ryan McGroarty, Cheylene Murphy and Aimee Williamson, the naughty words led to musical discussions that required further investigation, post-hangover.
It was only when the band began to collaborate in the studio that they really found their musical sweet spot, refining and developing their sound. It was a musical match made in heaven. It was in that studio that they dreamt up their single, ‘The Dark’, a track purely comprised of all these hauntingly beautiful synths and infectious choruses. Since then, they’ve released another belter in the form of ‘Living Right’. The track, again, holds steadfast to the band’s style of ghostly synth and entrancing vocals but there’s a greater hint of a melancholy to it – think Miami Horror meets One Republic, it shouldn’t work but it does on all the right levels. The band seem to be continuously creating a sound that has elements of current pop music but then they add their own artistic twists to it – making them feel extremely fresh and progressive. As is the way for many breakout artists, the band chose to release a self-produced debut single to establish not only their musical prowess but also their ability to curate and refine their sound, and so far it seems to be working out just fine for them.
I’m sure the band are shattered after their performance at EP, word has it that their performance was phenomenal, but I’m sure we can expect to see a lot more from them before the year is out.