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Young musicians can soar with a rising current of innovation beneath the wings, playing direct and instinctive music, if not always complete in its assertions, as is the case with this new trio. Not yet out of jazz college, the thrust of I Like To Sleep's album Daymare has a drawling and fuzzed-out baritone guitar in league with the vivid vibraphone of Amund Storløkken Åse, and this pairing throbs with potential. Spirited and imaginative, Storløkken Åse is as able to pull out an explorative solo as readily as a catchy melody, but is most magnetic when relishing the seductive, cool tones of his instrument as in ”Playing with Fire”. The opening track ”Beyond Monster and No Sleep”, is a 10-minute narrative; Tension and restraint put a soft spotlight onto the vibraphone's resonance; it is enticing. Rhythmically it switches into a pounding run, the low end guitar and banging drums chasing as if in a 1960s TV cop series. Storløkken Åse rises to the challenge with a quick-thinking passage, dashing here, jumping there, before everything crashes, leaving the delicate opening motifs to repeat to fade. At times Leirtrø´s guitar work with Leite´s drumming reveal a youthful love of the hard stuff, embodying the fun of locking into rock charges.This can squish imaginative spaces and push the vibraphone too hard; here guitar drums should be left to duet. Sometimes the band could seek out alternative rhythmic approaches that catch the ear off guard, but the title track showcases such future possibilities with a focus on textures that intensify in their pattern; cymbals are relentlessly tickled, the vibraphone repeats speedy note runs over and over, before the guitar electric-shocks their ”Daymare”.
Jazzwise (UK)

Trøndertrioen I Like To Sleep har en svært spennende besetning, og sammen skaper de et helsikes groovy skrammel, som bør henvende seg til både headbangere og headnoddere. Den bassdype gitaren fra Nicolas Leirtrø skaper et fascinerende skummelt bulder, ytterligere fargelagt av typisk «filmatisk» vibrafonspill fra Amund Storløkken Åse (sønn av musikerne Ståle Storløkken og Tone Åse), mens Øyvind Leites rocketrommer plasserer bandet et sted mellom prog og jazz. Bandet vant Jazzlntro i 2018, og kunne ta på seg en imaginær caps med påskriften «beste unge norske jazzmusikere». Selv den som med bare et halvt nedsenket øye følger med på norsk musikk, skjønner at det er en hedersbevisning. Rune Grammofon har som kjent god vandel når det gjelder kraftjazz som dette, og utgir på samme dag også den herlige nye platen til det jevnaldrende bandet Master Oogway. Sjekk ut begge og slå ut håret — det har jo uansett blitt langt på mange av oss nå.
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