Twilight Sleep

Twilight Sleep

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAlternativeEDM

Twilight Sleep fuse drum machine-fueled experiments with syncopated beats, sparkling synths, arpeggiated guitars, and soaring vocals. Citing robots, the light sculptures of Olafur Eliasson, and airplane cockpits as sources of inspiration, the band evokes a future-natural dreamscape to disappear in.

Biography

Consistently reprimanded in school for not paying attention as a child,  chronic daydreamer Tracy Marcellino found a way to channel her diversions into assets. She developed an early affinity for synthesizers, singing, and song writing.  As a shy young latchkey kid in San Francisco, she preferred to wander around used record shops spending her allowance on records that caught her eye. Sometimes, she'd take some home just for the artwork on the cover.  New Order was one of her favorite bands.  "I loved how when you listened to them you could feel sad and dance at the same time."

Dubbed “gloomy noiseniks” by August Brown of the LA Times, Marcellino’s band, Twilight Sleep, embodies her love affair with sound experimentation crafted into well-written songs.“I ‘discovered’ guitar when I moved to LA 8 years ago. For a long time in San Francisco, house music and dj’s were dominating. Starting a band was near impossible. My interests led to Warp Records artists like Aphex Twin and the like, and ... people breaking molds. My early songs were comprised of loops, samples, and occasional musical guests such as Tomas from XLR8R magazine recording drums in my bedroom with a duct taped mic. When I got to LA and saw more live bands, guitar was this amazing new experiment for me. I know it sounds backwards... usually people tire of their guitars and find electronics.”

Fronted by Marcellino and illuminated by an elegantly moody cast of talented players, the band is gaining momentum having already shared the stage with Silversun Pickups and Manchester Orchestra, and receiving early radio airplay on Jonesy's Jukebox and NPR All Songs Considered. Drummer, Brett Mielke and bass player Hanford Pittman keep a syncopated pulse, while guitar player Sami Banuelos rounds out the soundscape with arpeggiated lines and distortion.

Synth sounds bent by pedals, guitars that sound like synths, and voices that sound like strings are all part of their repertoire as they cite robots, the light sculptures of Olafur Eliasson, and airplane cockpits as sources of inspiration.

Live, Twilight Sleep is electric and enveloping. Alternating between fragile and potent with an underlying foreboding, Marcellino's distinctive vocals are an anchor. Twilight Sleep will excite you and break your heart in just the way you want it to be broken, and yes... you will want to dance.

Lyrics

Broken Record

Written By: Tracy Marcellino

There's a carousel
Spinning your thoughts into foreign parts
And botching your plans up
It always comes around again,
the pop, to pick you up
Put the needle down and ride it out
Before it starts

Are there stars in your bag
Sealed with titanium clasp
While all the clouds spin around in your head
You're a broken record

You'll fuck this up
You can bet on it
You're made of glass
So over-exposed
It always comes around
It always comes around
It always comes around
It always comes around...

Comme il Faut

Written By: Tracy Marcellino

The world on standby
A mind too hollow, come follow behind me to get to nowhere fast
In a garden overgrown,
With colors electric and full
A safe place to whittle away
The promise you had in earlier days

You're dancing for a crowd
You smile only when you speak out loud
You live your lies just like you could try
them on for size
But where's the push and pull
To take you out of your head
You're lost in the colors, so lost
Lost in the colors that brilliantly blind you

The whisperers are visitors that never show...

Do these decaying flowers
Remind us too much of hours
That drift along as if no time
Exists that could gently slip out from under our keep?

You're dancing for a crowd
You smile only when you speak out loud
You live your lies just like you could try
them on for size
But where's the push and pull
To take you out of your head
You're lost in the colors, so lost
Lost in the colors that brilliantly blind you

The whisperers are visitors that never show...

It's the leaves that govern here
And weeds with roots so deep assure
You'll never see the ocean just beyond the fence
Drop repeat the patterns
Of shakey voices and matters
And pedigree of stately graces that by design have you clinging and clinging
To a family tree of laws made of broken braches
You want to demand their cause
But it's lost

You only hurt yourself
You only hurt yourself

Discography

Twilight Sleep self-titled 2004
Race to the Bottom of the Sea ep
Elk ep Sept. 2010

Licenses:
Gossip Girl Episode #411
The Real L Word
Mammoth trailer (starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Michelle Williams)
AMC Hitchcock commercial

Set List

Dormant Frenzy (Let's come undone)
The Other One
Broken Record
Helium
Sinking In
Run in Reverse
The Flood
Don't Fire Your Guns