Somewhere in the ether of half-sleep, memories and coherent thoughts melt into dreams and fantasies.
Somewhere in the ether of half-sleep, memories and coherent thoughts melt into dreams and fantasies. It is this drowsy netherworld that Londoner Stephen Coates—aka (The Real) Tuesday Weld—evokes with his hypnotic tunes, combining snippets of '30s jazz with '60s lounge music and gentle modern pop. Smoothed under Coates' breathy vocals, this surreal, pensive blend speaks to current tastes without losing its nostalgic flavor. The artist has created several film scores and a number of EPs and singles, but Psyche is his first full-length disc. Nearly half of its 15 songs were previously released, including such gems as the swing-flavored "I Love the Rain" and the drum-driven "L'amour et la Morte." New songs include a few instrumentals, plus several tracks where Coates' thoughtful lyrics dominate—notably the upbeat, sample-heavy "Terminally Ambivalent Over You." Contact: 888-385-1231.—WH