For their first release, Christians & Lions pulled together a loose collection of eclectic folk tunes. More Songs for Dreamsleepers and The Very Awake (Acoustic) sounds like a mix of Iron & Wine, Cat Stevens, The Kinks and The Shins. There are even a few songs that share an aesthetic with O’Death.
There’s a definite energy to these recordings. They’re intimate. “A Roots Grave Is Above Ground” and “Bones” are heartfelt and touching. “Stay Warm” is a toe tapper. “Free Radio Post Apocalyptic Metropolis Blues” and “Longboy” stomp and howl.
Many of these songs got a fresh treatment on Christians & Lions’ follow up (which happens to go by the same name), but that doesn’t make these inferior versions. The newer versions feature more of a full-band treatment than those presented here, but it winds up being a classic case of different, not better.
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