Background/Info: “Anemic Dreams” is the debut EP of the Swedish project Stella Sleeps.A full length album was announced for the end of the year.
Content: The songs are driven by typical Cold-Wave guitar play with icy, female vocals on top. The EP features 4 songs and 3 of them will be featured on the upcoming album. I noticed a mix of harder passages at one side and a softer, even monotone progression at the other side.
+ + + : The song “Caught” is worthy of examination and definitely cool Cold-Wave piece carried by great guitar play and sterile vocals on top. The more dreamy “Blinds” reveals another side of the band, which features a true outburst during the chorus.
– – – : The only song that suffers from originality is the exclusive EP-song “Hurt”; it’s totally unaccomplished and sounds like a poorly inspired B-side…
Conclusion: I can’t say this EP is groundbreaking, but it reveals some potential. The album will give us a better idea about Stella Sleeps.
Best songs: “Caught”, “Blinds”.