Nap Eyes make the very best kind of crooked, literate guitar pop. You can call it slacker-rock if you want to, but it only does a disservice to a band brimming with passion and ideas. Thought Rock Fish Scale, the follow up to the band’s debut, Whine of the Mystic, is a statement of intent; an idiosyncratic record of languorous rock and Velvet Underground-inspired still beauty.
Nigel Chapman has emerged as one of our favourite singers – an intriguing lyricist whose voice feels immediately familiar, yet distinctly his own. Their songs are equal parts shambling and sophisticated, Chapman welcomes you into their skewed world where songs about NASA and the Earth’s magnetic field coexist with lyrics about insomnia and drinking too much. We recommend seeing them live to get the full effect.