“Dark and brooding, there is something about Sleep Thieves’ music that creeps up on you, like an unexpected storm.” – Atwood Magazine
Described as the definition of ‘disco noir’, Dublin-dwelling trio Sleep Thieves make music that perfectly executes an immersive cinematic grandeur, all told through a musical journey through a dark electronic and dream pop narrative. Having met through Twitter, they bonded over film soundtracks and vintage synths and use this newfound synergy to create music with the confidence that only a close friendship can provide.
Debut album You Want The Night was released in North America by Minty Fresh Records to great acclaim receiving support from the likes of heavyweight tastemakers such as The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit, MTV Online, Clash Magazine, Pigeons & Planes. Their music has resonated with 7 million Spotify plays and counting and a strong, sustained global online audience. They’ve also gained prominent fans in UK radio, receiving airplay from XFM, BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio, and Absolute Radio.
Starting out in a sparsely nostalgic atmosphere, lead single Sea Of Shadows builds around an iconic and arpeggiated lead line that drives the track towards the truly chilling vocals, layered with darkly ethereal synths that wash over you and completely immerse your mind with each brooding cadence.
Fortress includes in the singles Is This Ready and Aching Bones from earlier this year that were well received by fans and critics alike, as well as new tracks Marauder and title track Fortress that altogether smoothly transition from one to another, creating a 20 minute long, epic and boundless wonder.
On the narrative behind Fortress, Sleep Thieves state that:
“We’ve been recording for the last few years, playing the odd show to try some songs out live. We’ve ended up with a massive amount of material all with varying vibes. This is probably due to being in a perpetual state of studio flux. The boom is back in Dublin, this generally means art is out and upmarket hip bars and coffee places are in. We’re in our fourth studio in the last two years. Just when we get settled and get into a groove we get moved on by the landlord and our studio is gutted and becomes a Karaoke bar, Office space, Starbucks.
We’ve now started to nest in a new studio outside the city with a different atmosphere. So what does all this mean to this release you probably ask? Well, we realized upon reflection that we’re a band that draws a lot from the atmosphere and the environment we record in and thus we’ve ended up with 4 different sets of songs recorded in each place. Fortress EP is a collection of songs drawing from each, beginning life in the first studio and evolving as our transient existence bounced us from home to home. These songs are a snapshot of how time, surroundings, upheaval and change can sculpt the creative process in unexpected yet welcome ways.
Releasing this EP as a sonic collection of this time marks the end of this period of transience with a more permanent home sourced. If your home is said to be your castle, we’re (finally) making our new studio our Fortress.”