Other than their interesting name, Edinburgh’s We Were Promised Jetpacks have been best known for their quintessentially Scottish tragedy, albeit situated alongside other similar Scottish acts. Yet they’ve been growing & growing more & more into their own, and that comes to its fullest yet with their self-released The More I Sleep The Less I Dream.
Instead of stripping down to haunting sorrow, on Sleep WWPJ go bigger, into the alt-rock and even just rock terrain of the likes of (Atlanta’s) Manchester Orchestra. “In Light” is a cry to action, “Someone Else’s Problem” and “Repeating Patterns” are powerful in their press, and the band is decidedly more active in “Make It Easier”. From the growing opener “Impossible” to the epic close title track, this is big tragedy, also along the lines of another American great, The National.
[note: singer Adam Thompson’s Scottish brogue, and the band still being tragic, can’t help but bring to mind the tragic recent suicide of musical contemporary & countryman Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit]
Stepping back and self-releasing, The More I Sleep The Less I Dream has a certain ‘rebirth’ quality to it, or at least ‘reestablish,’ with the band reaching once more for all that they can’t have (like those jetpacks…).