SSLEEPING DESIRESS Ssleeping Desiress LP
Coldwave / darkwave debut album by San Francisco based producer Gabriel Ramos.
While the band has gone through some lineup changes Ssleeping Desiress has essentially remained the sole recorded output of Gabriel Ramos, who has been the only constant member. The album runs the boundaries between minimal synth, coldwave, and electro with lyrical themes spanning gentrification to coping with loss.
Ssleeping Desiress has certainly become a gem in the electronic underground with the only official release so far being the great "A Voice / Sister" 7inch on FlexiWave in 2012 and a handful of other songs appearing on numerous new wave compilations. The self-titled album presented here takes the project to the next level, kicking off with an echoing caterwauling drone over repetitive drums and outbursts of synths & guitars, and slowly moving towards a more darkwave sound on the second half.
Gabriel Ramos started making solo recordings while living in Portland, Oregon around 2005. He was inspired by the DIY drive of the city, hosting live shows at his house, (which frequently would consist of friends' bands from San Francisco) and his growing fascination and voracious consumption of music: "I can trace it back to the first time Spector Protector played at my house and getting a tour cassette afterwards from one of the two members, Eric Davis. That and being freshly exposed to groups like Suicide and Arthur Russell were very inspirational to begin recording music on my own, which was something I had been doing, though fairly aimlessly up to that point. In terms of sonic influences, I try and change my process as much as I can (usually through collaboration) and vary the instrumentation. My visions of songs usually end up as a clunky homage to late 70s punk rock, a marriage of dub and krautrock repetition and cavernous space.”
A1 Interior Lives
A2 We Need
A4 Piece With Bells
B4 Years In Repair
° All music except where noted by Ssleeping Desiress
° Graphic Design by Gabriel Bargas
° Photo by Luis Mendoza
° Mastering by Michael Romanowski