It’s been one week since The Sleeping released their first new album in thirteen years, I Feel Like I’m Becoming A Ghost, which can be streamed HERE. Currently in the midst of an east coast tour with Sunny Day Real Estate (dates below) and riding high off an emotional record release show in New York City, the alternative rock band are truly living in the moment. Today, The Sleeping share a vivid music video for instant fan-favorite “Halcyon.” As an intriguing bass line plays along lyrics that wave through haunting and optimistic thoughts, the band perform through an array of colors before they bleed through and onto vocalist Douglas Robinson. The James Morano directed video can be watched HERE.
Speaking on the lyrics of the track, Robinson states: “The definition of Halcyon is – ‘Denoting a period of time that was idyllically happy and peaceful.’ This song is written about the clash between holding onto the happiness I once had, while being hit with the heaviness of today’s world.”
The Sleeping first broke out in 2003, and led an impactful career releasing four albums and touring with fellow Long Island, NY acts like Taking Back Sunday and Bayside. The band’s music has been featured in video game soundtracks like Guitar Hero, Madden, and FIFA, and their single “Don’t Hold Back” remains an emo staple. Fast forward to today and the band are feeling as vigorous and creative as ever. Heading into writing I Feel Like I’m Becoming A Ghost, The Sleeping’s only goal was to make a high energy, refreshing record based off the natural chemistry of the band. Marking their fifth album (following 2010’s The Big Deep) and first with Keym since the 2006 record Questions and Answers, it was important for the band, take the sound they were known for and build it into something new. Venturing into Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, it only took them two weeks to write and record the ten songs that appear on the album. I Feel Like I’m Becoming A Ghost was produced by the band alongside the dynamic duo Mike Birnbaum and Chris Bittner (Coheed & Cambria, Medeski, Team Sleep) and mastered by Chris Athens (Beastie Boys, Blink 182).