Stages of Sleep – Carousel


by Heather Savage edited by Markus Druery

Stages of Sleep is a 7 piece band but consists of 3 core members: Jason Ardiles, Seth Paris and Max Savage. All of whom have previously collaborated in various musical endeavors. Upon Seth’s return from his musical studies in Ghana, where he received a NYU scholarship, he called upon Jason to get together and create. The two were fortunate enough to procure the use of an exquisite home studio in Kentfield, Ca. It is there where the magic began to shine in its first Stages. This band has received many impressive accolade s thus far during their tenure as an artist in the San Francisco area. Stages of Sleep right away reminded me of a stripped down version of Arcade Fire.

“Carousel” (2012) is their latest release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: this impressive band delivers rock solid playing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Ardiles’ voice and overall circa 1920’s look hit the mark remarkably well. He has the attributes required of an effective Singer/Songwriter. Third: their sound and overall songwriting touch are as good as it gets. All songs are a skillful combination of modern pop rock yet with a slight Old Type Folk aftertaste that will remind you of Paul Simon, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan and The John Butler Trio and Arcade Fire. Ardiles/Paris/Savage has the creativity and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. There is also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the trivial music that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let m start by saying there is nothing fake and superficial about Stages of Sleep. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own with passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this catalogue truly is to a cult fan base mind you. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nice touch. I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music is extremely marketable – with a fresh sound that is passionate and entertaining vibe very much like a warm blanket. All tracks will intrigue the mid and speak to the soul.

Stages of Sleep Links:




Carousel by Stages of Sleep is an endearing album limited by nothing. I would imagine in time we will hear more from this unit from Northern California. Time will tell but I can honestly say this is one band that is set up for marketable success down the road with their musical personality and fresh sound that gives modern music a well needed wake up call.

Review Comments:

Leave a Comment