Local 913, Episode 85: Sleep Experiements
The ambient dream-pop band Sleep Experiments began in 2008 as a project between friends who had previously been playing solo music: Morgan Stewart, Phil Jacoby and Phil Johnson. At the start, all played guitar, but after deciding 3 guitars was redundant, Morgan switched to keyboard. All the while there has been an importance placed on subtly and emotionally driven music. According to rhythm guitar player Phil Jacoby:
“One of the tenants of the band early on, was that everything could be as defined or vague as it needed to be. Even Morgan’s voice was just another instrument in the band. If you couldn’t understand what she was saying, as long as it served the song, it would be fine. No one needed to insert themselves too much in the songs. It was supposed to be sort of broad, washy string of musical moments.”
Jacoby is also the reason why this band has such amazing artwork. Jacoby and his wife are graphic designers and often will create visuals to match the music:
“My wife and I did make the artwork for the album. I guess specifically in the case of Passages, they did work together. I guess I make artwork in the same way that I make music. In music, I tend to start making sounds until something catches my ear. In design oftentimes I’ll start moving shapes on the computer screen until two or three of them look nice together [and give] inspiration to move forward in that direction.
Sleep Experiments released their new album Passages in September. More information: sleepexperiments.com.