A hazy mix of fuzzed out guitars, whirling organs and waves of reverb greet the listener on Sleep Forever, Crocodiles’ second full-length. The follow-up to 2009’s Summer Of Hate is a more refined example of the San Diego duo’s raw, punk-influenced sound, and it represents a move towards more psychedelic vibes. It starts off with “Mirrors,” a slow building track full of hypnotic synths, airy drumbeats and gritty guitar fuzz. Singer Brandon Welchez keeps his vocals entrancing throughout, but he hasn’t lost his tough
California sneer. “When you die, you don’t really die, you just paint yourself across the sky,” he sings in a sea of spacey noise. Forever is a journey through the darker parts of the human mind. Death, love and a strange sense of optimism resonate through the reverb.