Recently signed to Talitres Records in France, The Sleeping Years’ music has this year been featured on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 podcast, in the Guardian writers’ playlist and on a cd sampler with Rolling Stone magazine. Dale has also been heavily played on French radio with each EP being championed by Bernard Lenoir.
The Sleeping Years is the new project for Dale Grundle. The Sleeping Years have so far released two EPs this year with a third 5 track EP, 'Clocks and clones' due on the 29th October. Their debut album is scheduled for early next year.
'Clocks and clones' comes in a new cover designed and handmade by Pika Pika and is limited to 750 copies only. Each EP is signed and numbered by Dale and costs £4.99. You can order 'Clocks and clones' EP using Paypal from: http://www.sleepingyears.com/shop.html
The Sleeping Years' myspace page is at: http://www.myspace.com/thesleepingyears
Dale was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland to an Irish father and a Scottish mother and started his first band Catchers while at school. Their first single ‘Cotton Dress’ came out on Setanta Records and became single of the week in Melody Maker. Their debut album ‘Mute’ was recorded with Mike Hedges in France. Catchers recorded their second album ‘Stooping to Fit’ with Nick Drake’s arranger Robert Kirby writing string and brass section parts for some of the songs.
The first Sleeping Years EP, ‘You And Me Against The World’, was released in March 2007 and was a huge success particularly in France where it was played on national radio and received great reviews in all the major magazines - even the lead track appeared on a cd sampler with Rolling Stone magazine. All the songs on 'You and me against the world' were written, played and recorded by Dale at home. The EP also features recordings of Dale's father and of the world outside his house.
‘Setting Fire To Sleepy Towns’ is the second in a trilogy of limited edition cds. Once again recorded by Dale at home, this time the music features different instrumentation to the debut with synths, theremins, melotrons and electric guitars appearing alongside the acoustic guitar and piano.
'his voice breaks exquisitely between hope and despair in songs that the acoustic guitar was invented for'
‘A very beautiful mini-album’
'a one-man show that owes his lilting metaphysical lyricism to the
likes of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith and John Martyn. It's good to know
that there are people like him out there'
Dazed and Confused
’Engagingly mournful, melodic songcraft'