Sleep Station is the musical project of David Debiak, an experimental art-folk artist based in New Jersey. It's an appropriate performance and recording name for Debiak. Much of his music is dreamy with ethereal harmonies and textures. The Pride of Chester James, Sleep Station's fifth release, is a concept album recorded on vintage tape machines with Hammond organs, Rhodes, and assorted other analog and acoustic instrumentation.
The album opens with "Hello Mr. Coughlin," one of the more upbeat tracks. It begins with a bouncy bass line, sunny, head-bopping guitar riff and Beatley harmonies. But like a lot of the tracks, "Coughlin" morphs and slows to a rich wall of noise set against glittering keyboards. It's these surprising turns that keep the record from sounding tired.
Debiak spent three years recording The Pride of Chester James and calls it an extremely personal album. "The content of the record had weighed heavily on me for quite sometime," he says in his official bio. "I often felt myself reflecting on it whether it be in a small hotel room in Paris or in my sleep. Writing the songs was the easy part, they came naturally, living and reliving them was far more difficult but some say that the joy is in the journey."
Debiak is joined on the recording by Jason Debiak, D. James Goodwin, Ryan Ball and Brad "Bradway" Paxton.
Sleep Station is currently signed to Eyeball Records. David Debiak will be touring the east coast through March to promote his solo work.
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