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New Sappy: “Sleepless”

So many Japanese shoegaze bands are just biting My Bloody Valentine…why not make it clear? In the clearest nod to the band since the Yellow Loveless cover project from 2012, Sappy share “Sleepless,” a song lifting a melody straight from MBV’s “When You Sleep.” Blatant? You bet! But they also clearly know it, and are pretty upfront about it (see: the song name). On top of that, they at least try to play around with a familiar sound, rather than literally recreate “You Made Me Realise” for the billionth time to diminishing results. Sappy play it a little faster, and let the vocals come through a bit closer, giving the song an extra pep, which makes the final push all the stronger. Listen above.