Fast Tracked: Sleep State fumble through love on ‘Awkward’


Step aside, James Dean; adorkable flannel-clad dudes reign supreme in the 2010s, and crushes now form over sharing vinyl collections, not motorcycle rides. The trend has fared well for the wallflowers of the world, and it’s about to behoove Los Angeles outfit Sleep State, whose new track “Awkward” revisits and unleashes all the giddiness of those unrequited teenage crushes of years past. Packed with a certain shy optimism, the lil’ lightheaded track almost makes up for the trauma that is high school. Almost. Featured photo by Mallory Turner.