ALBUM REVIEW: The Cinema – Talking In Your Sleep

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By Nancy Chu. Take Lydia’s frontman Leighton Antelman and compare it to what The Postal Service was to Death Cab for Cutie— and you’ve got The Cinema.

Talking In Your Sleep is the second album release by The Cinema, an electro-indie pop-rock duo that first started out as Antelman’s side project. With producer Matt Malpass, their first album My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes released in 2011 caught the ears of many.

The new anticipated album, which has been almost two years in the making, has an expected worldwide release date of December 16th 2014. The blend of light synths, catchy beats, and Antelman’s captivating vocals make Talking In Your Sleep a perfect compilation of hypnotic electronic backdrops, which is paired with lyrical sincerity evident in each and every track.

The album opener “Call It In The Air” is a foreshadowing prelude to the vibe that the rest of the record carries. It’s no wonder that this was also the chosen single off of Talking In Your Sleep, as it’s upbeat electronic synths are the heartbeat of the tune that will be sure to stick with the listener as they get “lost in the lights”.

“Turn It On” featuring Copeland’s Aaron Marsh transitions into a piano-driven melody laced with softer percussive elements and vocal distortions. It is easily one of my favourite tracks off the record, as it fuses and transcends multiple genres seamlessly. Follows with “Crazy” features The Cinema’s electro-pop element of their unique sound, and it’s danceable melody line in the chorus makes it all the more enjoyable. The lyrics are cheeky and playful and is a love song in more ways than one— even if “all I see is crazy” because that just may be what someone needs.

“She Knows” follows suit and alludes to the love story told in “Crazy”. Both songs compliment each other flawlessly and have the same undertones that are heard in the rest of the album. Another standout on the track list, “Ghost” but yet in contrast to the first half of the album, explores darker themes lyrically. The listener can feel the emotion and power as Antelman sings, “I will never be what you want to see” in the chorus as his voice is accompanied with a dramatic electro-beat instrumental.

Mindy White of States makes a guest vocal in “Punchline” and adds a spiced up element to the track with charming “call and response” type vocals. The harmonious combinations of the different vocal styles add a touch of edge and flare, which only add to the full experience when spinning the record. The album is wrapped with the song “Going Down” with the bang that it started on. The piano-driven melody strays away from the familiarity of the synth-reliant beats that are heavily woven into the rest of the album. However, the song does maintain consistent sound elements and ends The Cinema’s sophomore album perfectly.

Overall, Talking In Your Sleep is a great release that showcases Antelman’s ability to naturally change, progress, and as a result grow as a musician. The album has a unique stand-alone sound as it fuses multiple genres and styles and is unlike anything that either Lydia or The Cinema has released in the past. Be sure to give it a listen when it comes out on December 16th!

 

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