sleepwalking

by invisible elephant

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07:16
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10:09
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07:50
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about

it's been a while since the the last album, longer than i was hoping for. i thought about recording this album but thinking was pretty much all I was getting up to until i got an email last year asking if i would be interested in submitting a song for a compilation.

that turned out to be the spark/motivation/kick up the arse (cheers euan!) i needed because after i recorded that one song i couldn't stop and the whole thing was done pretty quickly.

the first album (the lights go out) was an unexpected but interesting spooky creative trip, the second (anomie or swimming in a black sea) was the heartbreak album and this one is back the more spontaneous feel of the first. a 40 minute trip around what was happening in my brain around that time.

i did have a concept for the album once i'd inadvertently ended up starting it. i wanted to record something was an album length sleep cycle. around the time of the recording i was having a strange time sleeping. i'd eventually drift off (i think) but i wasn't sure if i'd gone to sleep or not. i'd hallucinate and see spiders dangling over the bed and ants crawling over me and then wake up, do my normal just-woken-up things and then wake up for real. if not spiders and ants it would be drowning, being dragged under the waves and unable to pull myself up. it wasn't actually sleepwalking as far as i can remember but it was a strange time and that all filtered through to make the record.

i wanted the record to start with clarity (i'm awake) then slowly drift off into a peaceful sleep before disturbance and nightmare visions in the middle and then wake up again refreshed at the end (two moons).

one area of continuity is the haruki murakami references. people have emailed and mentioned them before and there are two songs in particular which are probably obvious to anyone who is interested by the titles. the other consistent thing is the environmental recording of children playing the same recording has been used in all of the albums.

as may be apparent, i've decided to be a bit more open an communicative starting with this album (there are also notes on the individual tracks if you click on them). i don't want to share too much but i realise from things i like and also from some emails i've had that some people are interested in knowing more and that it can add something to the music if there's a bit of context so although it's against my nature i'l do my best from here on in.

one final thing i should address is the thanks on the cassette sleeve. i forgot angie without whom none of this would have happened. i know i haven't exactly changed the world but releasing these records has been important to me and without angie's initial encouragement and help i never would have done more than the lights go out and no more than about 5 people would have heard my music so a huge thank you and apology.

rob
(invisible elephant)

04/03/2014

credits

released March 24, 2014

all songs written, produced and performed by invisible elephant

songs 2 and 6 feature vocals from maryliz guillemi

song 5 includes drones by matilda

artwork by diana walles

mastering by gonzo mastering

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invisible elephant UK

Invisible Elephant is the solo project of a UK artist who writes the songs and plays all the instruments, recording at home. Veering from softly spoken psych folk to ethereal soundscapes to monolithic feedback, it’s difficult to pin the sound down to one genre. The end result is music exhibiting subtlety, ferocity, discordance, melody and an acute ear for imbuing the familiar with the futuristic. ... more

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Track Name: drift
i'm a scrap man made of parts
Track Name: from the bottom of a well [with maryliz guillemi]
i tried to find a place the rope won't reach, all this time i fell it's chasing me, all i could do was miss you for all this time
Track Name: slow wave
slow wave, no need to wake
Track Name: fugue state
take me down, under the waves with you
Track Name: never there
those eyes, deep brown wells, tear me to the bone, you're never there
Track Name: two moons [with maryliz guillemi]
i wish i could tell if i'm asleep or i'm awake