Leagues Beneath

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"Leagues Beneath"
Leagues Beneath (2018).jpg
Single by Sleep
ReleasedMay 23, 2018 (2018-05-23)
FormatDigital download
Sleep singles chronology
"The Clarity"
"Leagues Beneath"
Audio sample

"Leagues Beneath" is a single by the American stoner rock band Sleep. The song was released for free digitally on May 23, 2018 through Adult Swim's 2017 singles series,[1] marking Sleep's second entry following 2014's "The Clarity".[2] "Leagues Beneath" was released a month after the band's 2018 return album, The Sciences, which marked Sleep's first full-length studio release in twenty years.[3] Later in 2018, "Leagues Beneath" was released on etched vinyl through Third Man Records.[4][5]


Musically, "Leagues Beneath" is a long, slow epic that begins with B-tuned guitar and gradually builds by introducing new elements.[6] Al Cisneros' vocals are not heard until nearly six minutes into the track. After the song's protracted crescendo, it concludes with a somber passage where layers strip away and give way to clean, psychedelic string sounds.[6] Phil Witmer of Vice praised "Leagues Beneath", writing that it is "possibly bigger than anything on The Sciences",[6] and Brock Thiessen of Exclaim! called it "sprawling" and "a total scorcher".[7] Revolver wrote that the song is "droning, transcendental, [and] punctuated with next-level riffing."[8] At nearly seventeen minutes, "Leagues Beneath" is the group's longest track since 1999's "Dopesmoker" and, by some metrics, constitutes an EP.[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Leagues Beneath"16:44




  1. ^ Blais-Billie, Braudie. "Sleep Share New Song 'Leagues Beneath': Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Helman, Peter. "Sleep – 'Leagues Beneath'". Stereogum. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Camp, Zoe. "Hear Sleep's Smoldering New One-Off Song 'Leagues Beneath'". Revolver. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Cush, Andy. "Sleep's 'Leagues Beneath' Is Coming to Vinyl via Third Man Records". Spin. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sleep's 'Leagues Beneath' Limited Aquamarine Vinyl Available in Select Stores". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Witmer, Phil. "Sleep's New Song 'Leagues Beneath' Is an Aquatic Doom Epic". Vice. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Thiessen, Brock. "Sleep Release New 16-Minute-Plus Epic "Leagues Beneath"". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "6 New Songs You Need to Hear This Week: 5/25/18". Revolver. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Kennelty, Greg. "Sleep Releases New 16-Minute Song 'Leagues Beneath,' Which Was Not On Their New Album The Sciences". Metal Injection. Retrieved May 24, 2018.

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