I’m Bad Now, Nap Eyes’ third release, radiates confidence and charm with a lucid, pensive writing style. While their previous efforts were certainly accomplished, I’m Bad Now shows the group poised on the verge of greatness.
While others strive for similarities, Nap Eyes continue to aim higher with their natural ability to put their listeners at ease with a state a pure reverie. Vocalist Nigel Chapman is a big part of why I’m Bad Now is so entrancing, why it’s so easy to gravitate towards and to warm up to – his voice exudes comfort, maturity, and absolute nostalgia, a comparison that’s been made with the band’s debut, Whine of the Mystic, and its follow up, Thought Rock Fish Scale, both of which offered a similar feeling. I’m Bad Now continues down that path, offering a sense of depth, rounding its songs into something impactful and attractive.
Although Chapman’s vocals are a huge selling point, the band’s pulled back writing style also attributes to its success. Structurally, the music is streamlined and clear-cut. It’s not flashy, but it’s done in a way that demands rapt attention, which in turn allows I’m Bad Now to bloom into something incredibly grand.
The album’s intimate closer, “Boats Appear”, shows Chapman in a serenading confession, alone with his thoughts – a gentle song that offers feelings of despondency while allowing for personal reflection and desire. While the album fluctuates between its more idyllic jams, it’s balanced with energized rock. The lighthearted “Dull Me Line” shows the group at their most confident, a song tinged with Americana where Chapman’s vocals are limitless, while “Roses” is a lively rock anthem.
Within I’m Bad Now’s brief running time, Nap Eyes continue to execute and achieve a level of fluidity that most bands struggle to come close to. Simply put: it’s just something they have – both lyrically and musically, it’s interconnected thoughtfully and with tact. While I’m Bad Now surpasses expectations, it positions a young band even closer to the forefront and undeniably labels them as an upcoming force within the indie rock world.
It’s a heavy feat that not a lot of artists can obtain – the outcome of a finished record, to make sure the gaps are filled and to continually push for distinction alongside a never-ending slew of bands competing for the same title, but Nap Eyes grab it and take it for their own quite easily. I’m Bad Now offers solace – and allowance that even if circumstances aren’t ideal, there’s room for positive and gradual shift; there’s room for change – Nap Eyes offer that comfort and that ability allows you to be transported. Whether it’s cheering the night off with friends and family or spent in reflective solitude, I’m Bad Now is something you want to experience and get lost in, and if you don’t come back for a while, it’ll be just fine.