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The best kept secret in music



Sleepy Turtles – Summer, Hither EP / Autumn & Colour Records / 10'inch/Digital

Sleepy Turtles, eine Neo Folk Band aus Atlanta, präsentiert sich mit ihrer neuen EP als durchaus sehr hörbare traditionelle Folkband. Meiner Meinung nach eine Mischung aus Bon Iver, den Fleet Foxes, Damien Rice und ein Hauch Simon and Garfunkel, welche die Band auch als Inspirationsquelle ansieht.

Die Songs erzählen Geschichten, eine Art von Märchen, denen man unbedingt horchen möchte. Die EP ist eingeteilt in sehr ruhige Songs, die den ein oder anderen vielleicht an Dallas Green erinnern mögen, teils auch wegen der sehr sanften, aber kraftvollen Stimme. Der andere, sehr viel kleinere, Teil zeichnet sich durch tanzbare Melodien aus. Doch behalten die Sleepy Turtles ihrem ruhigen traditionellen Stil bei, der sich durch die ganze EP zieht. Manch einer mag dies ab dem dritten, vierten Song möglicherweise langweilig finden. Doch nimmt man sich die Zeit, um nicht nur der Musik, sondern auch den Geschichten dahinter zu lauschen, wird man keine Minute enttäuscht sein. Lieblingssong für mich, "Reason to hope".

Meinem Empfinden nach ein kleines Stückchen Paradies.

4/6 Punkten (Katharine) - Scene 2 Act

"Sleepy Turtles Sign To Autumn + Colour Records Debut EP “Summer, Hither” Will Be Released Early Summer 2012"

Autumn + Colour Records would like to officially welcome Atlanta’s Sleepy Turtles to their roster of recording artists. The band first came together to create a soundtrack for a novel ( written by vocalist/guitarist Dylan Higgins, who then decided to keep making music using a moniker which came from a chapter title in said novel.

Consisting of Higgins, Tim Friesen, Will Parker, Marcus Trail and Mike Vanklaveren, Sleepy Turtles create songs, simplistic in frame, but broad in context, threaded in the old tradition of folk. Their music creaks with the thaw of an old church pew, drawing joy in wandering harmonies and stories that are sewn by hands covered in earth, filling the bones of the songs as ambience backlights the fluttering travels of shared existence. “We hope to portray through the music,” Higgins explains, “that all of us are a part of the same journey.”

The band will enter the studio to begin tracking and mixing their debut record with producer/engineer Jeff Malpass at Marigolds+Monsters Studio. Their new five song EP “Summer, Hither” is set to release in early Summer 2012.

Fans of Sleepy Turtles can download a FREE copy of their previously unreleased EP “Brother, You’re So Kind” for a limited time on Noisetrade. Follow, share and support them as they begin their journey. - AMP Magazine

"Premiere: Sleepy Turtles, “Summer, Hither”"

Check out this premiere of Sleepy Turtles' "Summer, Hither" off their new EP of the same name. It's available digitally on May 29 via Autumn + Colour Records and out on limited vinyl July 10. - Alternative Press



At a glance, you’d expect this release would appeal mainly to fans of folk genre stalwarts Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons. However, when you delve deep into the heart of it, there’s a real allure to it which will force you into repeat listening. It’s an honest and enchanting EP which is full of optimism, conveyed by fascinating melodies and scintillating harmonies which leave the hairs on the back of your neck giving a standing ovation. All the way through the twenty minute EP, there’s this magical quality that leaves you craving more and with its sombre and atmospheric tones. The more subtle the sound, the better for this band.

‘Reason To Hope’ is a superb and triumphant track which gives this sense of impending disaster, but just like most of the tracks on the release, it brings out an emphatic impression of exhilarating cheerfulness. The song sounds like Fleet Foxes with its soft and melodic acoustic arrangement, but as the track reaches into a climax, there’s this rumbling thunder-like background ambience which adds to the enchanting aura of the piece. It’s on this track that you get the sense that Sleepy Turtles might just become something great in the not too distant future.

On first listen, there’s a real ambiguity and story-like feel to the EP which makes you want to go back and fully understand each track, which is the biggest compliment to give. The release never feels stodgy or plodding, actually quite the opposite, as you end up mirroring the lyric on final track ‘Being Small’ and saying “Where did the time go?”.

To fully appreciate this EP, you have to completely immerse yourself in it, turn the volume up and have no preconceptions as to what it might sound like. The bad points? It’s not long enough. The quality is so absorbingly brilliant that you just want more, and hopefully a full-length record will be just around the corner.

Written by Greg Spencer
- Dead Press

"Sleepy Turtles"

Fans of modern folk acts like Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, and My Morning Jacket, take note. "Summer Hither," a new EP from the Atlanta-based (and amusingly named) Sleepy Turtles. Right from the first song, the harmony-drenched title track, it's clear that these guys owe a lot to similar bands who have blazed a similar trail in recent years. But while their sound may not be terribly distinctive, it's still as appealing as ever, and "Summer, Hither," standing at a short-but-sweet five tracks and twenty minutes, is a more than promising career-starter. The harmonies prove to be the norm throughout the EP, surrounding frontman Dylan Higgins' soft and welcoming croon with a sweet swell of sonic bliss. The instrumentation adds another dimension, with softly strummed acoustics, nostalgic banjo plucking, and occasional flourishes of electric and steel guitar. Mostly though, "Summer Hither" plays things straight, offering up five quick (and stupendously enjoyable) tracks of traditional folk that straddles the line between Americana and Appalachian heritage.

But that's not to call the Sleepy Turtles limited. Where the first three tracks dwell in a similar sunsoaked, acoustic vein (befitting the album's title), "Reason to Hope" throws a wrench into the machine, twisting in a haunting and apocalyptic web that is certain to enrapture many a listener. Higgins sounds like a cross between Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and modern folk hero Sam Beam here, and the song's evocative and elegiac plucking wouldn't have been out of place on an early Iron & Wine album: it's an instant highlight, but then, with five tracks this good, nothing falls out of context. Closer "Being Small" kicks off in a decidedly simpler and gentler vein, just a single guitar and Higgins' voice, before the song begins to build. Mandolin strokes add subtly to the texture as an ensemble of singers begins to gather around the song's melody. Drums and handclaps enter only seconds later, with competing vocal lines combining for a communal and classic folk sound that ends only just as the song is nearing sublime territory. It's a jarring finale to a musical project that, from the first song, feels like it should be a piece of something larger. And perhaps it will be: with the massive popularity that their influences have gained in recent years, perhaps the Sleepy Turtles will be able to make an impression: they certainly have the talent.

There's not a lot else to say here: these guys do what they do and they do it very well. There's not a weak song in the bunch, and, despite the fact that the collection never adds up to something greater than the sum of its parts (I find that EPs rarely do, for me), that's hardly a mark against its pleasant, dusky lilt. Higgins is a collection of his idols, sounding like a clone of Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold at the start, and hitting upon shades of guys like Dallas Greene (City & Colour) and William Fitzsimmons before ultimately settling on Iron & Wine for the final two tracks. But while Sleepy Turtles don't really make an attempt to strike out on their own or reinvent the wheel like Bon Iver did last summer, the songs are good enough for it not to matter, and any folk fan should be more than willing to spend the twenty minutes it will take to check these guys out. Sleepy Turtles are a band to watch for on the folk horizon, and I am excited to see where they go from here. If the near-epic ambition that "Reason to Hope" hints at is anything to go by, this is a band who would be far more at home in a full album setting, with room for their arrangements to expand and their songs to breathe. If given that opportunity (preferably sooner rather than later), I think they could have something really breathtaking to offer; I'll be keeping close tabs on them to see if they can make good on that promise.

Download: "Summer, Hither," "Reason to Hope" (but really, just grab the whole thing)
For The Fans Of: Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, Bon Iver -


The Adventure EP (2010)
Brother, You're So Kind EP (2011)
Summer, Hither EP (2012)



Sleepy Turtles was started in order to create a soundtrack for band-member Dylan Higgins' first book, "Awakening: Book One Of The Emblem And The Lantern." The soundtrack, The Adventure EP, was a raw folk-driven album that correlated with themes from the novel. Songs such as, The Adventure Song, are directly from the text of the book.
After completing the first EP, Sleepy Turtles decided to continue writing and playing music. The band now creates albums for the novels as well as separate albums.
The sound of Sleepy Turtles continues to grow. Consistant elements are: multi-layered harmonies, and personal heart-felt lyrics. The songs are written by and arranged by all five members; and the tastes and influences of the band are broad. Yet, there are some recognizable influences in: Seals & Crofts, Beach Boys, Crosby Stillys Nash & Young, and perhaps even the Beatles. The sound produced can be catagorized as indie-folk; but Sleepy Turtles passionately pursues a unique and personal sound.
All that being said, Sleepy Turtles are lovers of music. Melody, multi-layered harmony, creativity, and expression.