Nap Eyes

Playlist: Winter Vol II

Nearly three hours in length, this playlist is guaranteed to hold at least a few gems for each of you music-lovers and MFL-ers out there. Please enjoy:




Album Review: “Thought Rock Fish Scale” by Nap Eyes

Minimalist rock n’ rollers of Halifiax are back with their sophomore record, Thought Rock Fish Scale. The record follows their debut release, Whine of the Mystic. The new album is a collection of gentle and thoughtful tracks which perfectly capture songwriter and guitarist, Nigel Chapman’s, style. The lackadaisical quality of Nap Eyes’ instrumentals is the perfect vessel for Chapman’s equally as easy-going voice. The casual sound is a comforting mode of delivery for what sometimes are blunt, frank and downright depressing truths. Chapman distills the chaos of the mind and the realities of life into simple lyrics which at superficial listen, could mean nothing. But, for those listeners who like to think while they listen, there is an abyss of meaning to each and every word, which are strung together with great care.

The album was recorded on an old TEAC four-track 1/4” tape recorder in May of 2014 in a small town in Nova Scotia called Pictou. The finished product is eight honest tracks derived from four honest days of recording.

The album opens with one of my personal favorites on the record, “Mixer.”  It begins with temperate rhythms and simple percussion. Chapman sings about being a wallflower at a “mixer on a Friday night” and what goes through your mind when you’re left to stew over your thoughts alone amongst many, more socially inclined strangers.

So I sat against the wall and leaned as hard as I could into it


Then I thought about my Jesus and meditation

The things I have I don’t need and the things I want, what’s the good in them?

 This theme of introspection carries on through the record as stories of family, friends, work and life in general, unfold.

The record displays minimalist rock at its best: simple instrumentals showcasing raw talent and genuine musicianship.

The following track, “Stargazer”, is an excellent example of Chapman’s self-reflective lyricism. Amidst modest guitar plucking, straightforward bass and rolling rhythms Chapman sings:

Got to be clean and try to control my body,

Because nobody else going to.

I don’t think twice when I do something nice,

But I don’t do things like that very much.

‘Cause if you go ‘round trying to please everybody

It only becomes your crutch.

 Within these lyrics are honest values and standards. Things our parents may have told us when we were kids but we don’t truly learn until we’re off on our own, experiencing life alone.

“Don’t Be Right” is a bright and catchy track that features beachy guitar and clocks in at just over two minutes. Within the song lies simple advice:

Don’t be right, it isn’t good for you.

You may not realize it but it’s not!

Following is “Click Clack.” This track reveals the depressing truth and simultaneous beauty of drinking alcohol. There is a blanket of happiness that alcohol can temporarily lay over reality. All of this is delivered to the listener in the most cavalier of ways because this is the way it is. Plain and simple. We all do this. We all lose ourselves within ourselves.

Sometimes drinking I feel so happy but then I can’t remember why.

I feel sad all over again.

Thought Rock Fish Scale is an album that artistically and candidly combines the sad actualities of being a human with the visceral beauties associated with life. It’s a subtle-sounding record that comes across in an uncluttered and austere fashion.

You can find the record on iTunes and through Paradise of Bachelors now.

Another delicious track from Nap Eyes: “Roll It”

Nap Eyes has this ability to create music that makes you feel comfortable, at home. Their mix of lazily subtle garage and surf rock make for an easy listen. Below the digestible instrumentals lie lyrics that beg a bit more complexity, masked in poetic thoughtfulness. Thankfully, due to the enjoyment that comes with listening to their music, it’s more than bearable to listen to their tracks again and again, to get to the heart of the matter. According to Nigel Chapman, guitarist and lyricist, he wants listeners to be introspective and wonder how and why we fall into complacency. How do we lose ourselves within ourselves?

Here is your next sonic self-reflection-inducing gift from the Halifax boys otherwise known as Nap Eyes. It’s titled “Roll It”and is off of their upcoming record, Thought Rock Fish Scale (due out early February of 2016):


Featured image photo credit: Colin Medley


New album coming from Nap Eyes!

This coming February of 2016, the 5th of February to be exact, Nova Scotian band, Nap Eyes is due to release their newest piece of musical work titled, Thought Rock Fish Scale.

This band takes their thoughtful garage (sometimes surf) rock and records it live directly to tape with no overdubbing, which gives them their characteristic sound. They released a track off of that upcoming record called “Mixer.” A surf rock lullaby with an insistent metronomic beat, “Mixer” is a track that starts with sorting through the thoughts of a wall flower at a mixer on a Friday night. It’s almost as if song writer and rhythm guitarist Nigel Chapman is reading the lyrics straight from a book, but it works. It gives the lyricism a sense of simplicity without being superficial.

Featured Image by Colin Medley

Pre-order Thought Rock Fish Scale on iTunes!