The debut album by The Sleeping Years, 'We're becoming islands one by one', has just gone on sale on Talitres Records website.
Talitres' online store is available in French: http://www.talitres.com/cataloguef.htm
& English: http://www.talitres.com/cataloguee.htm
There are currently two tracks streaming from the album on the band's myspace page at: http://www.myspace.com/thesleepingyears
'We're becoming islands one by one' was recorded in The Smokehouse, London by Ian Dowling and at The 22nd House by Dale Grundle. Vocals and guitar are performed by Dale, not to mention bass, piano, Hammond organ, Rhodes piano and e-bow parts as well. He collaborates with Michelle So on cello and piano and Tom Page from Rothko on drums. Ben Eshmade guests on French horn.
The album also features new artwork by Pika Pika.
1. Setting fire to sleepy towns
2. The lockkeeper’s cottage
3. You and me against the world
4. The shape of things to come
5. Macosquin, Coleraine
6. Broken homes
7. Clocks and clones
8. Human blues
9. Dressed for rain
Press quotes for the trilogy of EPs:
The Guardian: 'his voice breaks exquisitely between hope and despair in songs that the acoustic guitar was invented for'
Dazed and Confused: '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'
Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio): 'just as Sufjan Stevens has been moved to celebrate the quirks and character of the United States, so Dale Grundle is devising his own charts, full of wonder, dread and reverie. Can't wait to see where he takes us next.'
Rolling Stone: ‘a very beautiful mini-album’
Hot Press: 'absolutely gorgeous'
Time Out: 'engagingly mournful, melodic songcraft'