The Show: Wednesday, February 08, 2006
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Sleeplab’s bossa nova harks to São Paulo during the jet-setting late 1950s/early 1960s.
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Sleeplab

By Anthony Mariani

Of all styles of music, the one that most easily conjures up a sense of time and place is bossa nova. There’s just something about the gently finger-plucked acoustic guitars, the lazily skipping and soft beats, and the overall chill vibe that screams tropical jet-setting during the late 1950s/early 1960s. Trapped here in the States during winter and the Iraq war, we could all probably use some retro musical sunshine.

While no one would confuse the Wreck Room for a bourgeois Brazilian café in this or any other decade, the West Seventh Street institution may glow from the inside out this Thursday. Locals Sleeplab coerce full-bodied bossa nova from moderately sparse instrumentation — two acoustic guitars, an upright bass, tiny drums (played with brushes), and bongos. A recording of a recent Wreck performance is up on the band’s MySpace page (www.myspace.com/sleeplab). Almost every song is laid-back and as catchy as any radio-ready pop confection. Only a limited amount of changes happen in each song, and nearly every solo is focused and subservient to the overarching theme of the song in which the solo appears. Sleeplab is focused on creating original music, but the band may play a cover or two during live shows.

Sleeplab may momentarily transport you to the sun-kissed decadence of ’60s-era São Paulo, but do not wear an ascot and a madras sport coat, do not mistake your best friend’s little sister for a Brazilian supermodel, and do not — for the love of Ipanema and Copacabana — order a martini.

Thu at the Wreck Room, 3208 W 7th St, FW. 817-348-8303.


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