Sleeping at Last – Atlas: Intelligence – We were designed to send mixed signals.

2017_SleepingatLast_AtlasIntelligenceArtist: Sleeping at Last
Album: Atlas: Intelligence EP
Year: 2017
Grade: B+

In Brief: Three songs about the body, heart, and mind, in Sleeping at Last’s expected baroque pop style. The electronic pulses and plethora of subtle sounds working in tandem on “Mind” are an excellent touch, but aside from that, there’s not much new here.

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Sleeping at Last – Atlas: Emotions – For in our great sorrow, we learn what joy means.

2016_sleepingatlast_atlasemotionsArtist: Sleeping at Last
Album: Atlas: Emotions EP
Year: 2016
Grade: A-

In Brief: While the lyrics do a great job of explaining the inner workings of each human emotion, the music doesn’t always live up to the emotion being expressed. It’s still a worthwhile and intriguing new entry in the Atlas series, but it’s more of a study than an actual experience of emotion.

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Sleeping at Last – Oceans: The Catalyst We’ve Waited For

2014_SleepingatLast_AtlasOceansEPArtist: Sleeping at Last
Album: Atlas – Oceans EP
Year: 2014
Grade: B+

In Brief: The all-instrumental Oceans completes a musical suite that began during the Yearbook days. While nothing here sounds radically out-of-bounds for Sleeping at Last, it is nice to hear two of my favorite tracks from that earlier collection reprised along with three more in a similar vein, each attempting to capture the “personality” of our planet’s vast seas.

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Sleeping at Last – Land: If truth is north, then I am true south.

2014_SleepingatLast_AtlasLandEPArtist: Sleeping at Last
Album: Atlas – Land EP
Year: 2014
Grade: C+

In Brief: A disappointingly short and sparse EP, even by Sleeping at Last’s mellow standards. Musically, the songs don’t really capture the spirit of travel, or life on the far reaches of the map that they aim to describe.

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Sleeping at Last – Atlas Space 2: The heaviness in my heart belongs to gravity.

2013_SleepingatLast_AtlasSpace2EPArtist: Sleeping at Last
Album: Atlas – Space 2 EP
Year: 2013
Grade: B

In Brief: The Outer Planets don’t get as solid of a suite as the Inner Planets, with a few feeling like mere afterthoughts. Despite punting slightly on the theme, the two Space EPs are satisfying as a whole and are best listened to as a complete work, just as Darkness and Light were intended to be.

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Sleeping at Last – Atlas Space 1: Astronomy in Reverse

2013_SleepingatLast_AtlasSpace1EPArtist: Sleeping at Last
Album: Atlas – Space 1 EP
Year: 2013
Grade: A-

In Brief: “Planets as people.” That’s what these songs are going for, personifying the characteristics of the major bodies in our solar system. The music may not be as radical a shift from the usual SAL sound as I would have liked given such a grand concept, but it’s another solid entry in the Atlas series.

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